Staff
Camp Director, Clinician, Speaker
Jordan Leen

Jordan Leen joins the Pitt coaching staff after having spent six seasons with the Virginia Cavaliers where he was an assistant for five and an associate head coach in his final year. He will work primarily with the middle weights.

“Jordan is a high character individual that has the experience and mentality it takes to build an elite team and will make an immediate impact on this program. He is great at developing student-athletes and he is a very effective recruiter.”

“I am thankful and excited for the opportunity to help guide the Pitt Panthers to new heights,” said Leen. “I’d like to thank Pitt’s administration for entrusting me with the job. I have been impressed by Heather’s vision, the rest of administration and support staff’s commitment, as well as Keith’s plan for the program. I believe that together we can do something special here at Pitt and I think it can be a lot of fun in the process.”

During his tenure at Virginia under the guidance of Steve Garland, Leen helped produce 40 NCAA qualifiers, nine ACC champions and six All-Americans. The Cavaliers also claimed the 2015 ACC team championship.

Leen played a crucial role in developing 2017 NCAA runner-up George DiCamillo at 141 pounds. DiCamillo had a standout redshirt senior campaign, becoming just the third Cavalier in program history to reach the NCAA finals. At the conclusion of the season, DiCamillo was named ACC Wrestler of the year.

Prior to joining the UVA staff, Leen got his coaching start at Duke, spending the 2010-11 season with the Blue Devils.

A 2009 graduate of Cornell, Leen was the 2008 157-pound NCAA champion, a three-time All-American and four-time NCAA qualifier. He posted a career record of 118-29 while garnering First-Team All-Ivy League honors on three occasions.

Clinician & Speaker
Keith Gavin

Keith Gavin was named the 11th head coach of the University of Pittsburgh wrestling team as announced by Director of Athletics Heather Lyke April 14, 2017.

Gavin steps into his first head coaching role and returns to his alma mater after spending a year with the Oklahoma Sooners as an assistant as well as three years with the Virginia Cavaliers also as an assistant.

"We are thrilled to announce Keith Gavin as the new head coach of the University of Pittsburgh wrestling program," said Lyke. "He has an exceptional wrestling pedigree and is one of the top dynamic coaches in the wrestling profession. His passion and commitment to Pitt wrestling will enable our program to build on its rich tradition on and off the mat. We look forward to Coach Gavin leading our program to the ACC Championships as well as continued success on the national stage.

Gavin, a 2008 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, brings valuable coaching experiences as well as a notable competition background to the Panthers.

“I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to come back to the University of Pittsburgh as the head wrestling coach,” said Gavin. “I would like to thank Heather Lyke, Marcus Bowman and everyone on the search committee for believing in my ability to lead this program. I am eager to get to work.”

While with the Sooners, Gavin assisted in qualifying eight wrestlers for the 2017 NCAA Championships in St. Louis, while the team earned a second-place finish at the Big 12 Championships.

Prior to making the move to OU, he spent three seasons with the Cavaliers, guiding them to the 2015 ACC Championship title. That same year, seven wrestlers qualified for the NCAA Championships and saw three make it to the Round of 12 as well as one garnering All-America status.

After graduating from Pitt, Gavin remained on the staff for a season to work with the middle to upper weights. He then started training for his freestyle career and began by training at the Lehigh Valley Athletic Club in Bethlehem, Pa., until 2012 when he made the move to the Ohio Regional Training Center in Columbus, Ohio. His early trainings led him to numerous top finishes at the international level including a runner-up finish at the 2010 and 2014 U.S. World Team Trials, and, in 2011, placed third at the World Team Trials and placed second at the Pan-American Games.

Gavin was a member of the U.S. national team for over six years, placing third at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials before capturing the U.S. National Championship in 2013 and 2014.

As a Panther, Gavin was the 2008 174-pound national champion and a two-time All-American. His 120 career wins rank eighth in program history. Gavin is a two-time EWL champion, two-time EWL Wrestler of the Year and is a member of the EWL Hall of Fame.

Gavin takes over a historic Pitt wrestling program that has produced 76 All-Americans and 16 national champions. The Panthers concluded the 2016-17 season 11-5 overall while falling in the top 25 of the USA Today/NWCA Coaches poll the entire season. Pitt went 2-3 against ACC opponents this season, but posted a third-place finish at the ACC Championship, which was highlighted by three individual champions, the most since the 2014-15 season.

Team Camp Director; Clinician & Speaker
Drew Headlee

Drew Headlee is entering his fourth season with the Pitt wrestling program.

In just two seasons, Headlee helped the team to four consecutive top-25 finishes in the finals standings, with twelve wrestlers qualifying for the NCAA Championships.

Headlee, a 2008 Pitt graduate, came to Pitt after a two-year stint at Lehigh University as a volunteer assistant. There he worked alongside former Pitt wrestler Pat Santoro, who was a two-time National Champion and four-year All-American.

Headlee primarily assisted with the lightweights and was responsible for developing a trio of All-Americans in Darian Cruz (125), Mason Beckman (133) and Mitch Minotti (149). Under Headlee's guidance, Cruz became Lehigh's first true freshman All-American in 34 years.

In addition to serving on the Mountain Hawks coaching staff, he was also a member of the Lehigh Valley Athletic Club, both coaching and competing on a national and international level.

Prior to arriving at Lehigh, Headlee spent the past four years training and competing around the world. Headlee trained at the North Carolina Regional Training Center in Chapel Hill from 2010-12 and before that worked at West Virginia's Regional Training Center.

His competitions have taken him to at least eight countries, including Russia, Belarus and Cuba.

Some of Headlee's top finishes over the past years since departing Pitt include a silver medal at the 2013 Pan American Games and placing at the US Open Nationals in five of the last six years. From 2008-11, he was in the top-seven each year at the US Open, highlighted by fifth-place finishes in 2010 and 2011.

Headlee's most notable achievement, however, may be winning the final Olympic Trials Qualifying Tournament in 2012 with a 4-0 mark while racking up wins against three former All-Americans. The Western, Pa. native also has third-place finishes to his name at the 2010 Sunkis and 2011 Cerro Pelado International events and a runner-up finish at the 2009 NYAC International.

At Pitt, Headlee was a four- year letterwinner and three-year captain under Peters' predecessor, Rande Stottlemyer. A three-time NCAA qualifier and two-time Eastern Wrestling League champion, Headlee garnered All-American status as a sophomore in 2005 at 133. He narrowly missed another All-American award, falling in the round of 12 three years later as a senior.

Throughout his college career, Headlee won numerous events, including the Mat Town Invitational at 125 (2004), the 2006 Body Bar Invitational at Cornell at 133 and was also a University National Freestyle Champion.

Headlee earned a bachelor of science in architectural studies from Pittsburgh in 2008.

A standout wrestler in high school before arriving at Pitt, Headlee lettered all four years at nearby Waynesburg Central High School. Headlee finished with a career record of 137-28, was a four-time top-four WPIAL finisher and three-time Pennsylvania state qualifier, capturing a AAA state title in 2002.

Residence Director; Clinician & Speaker
Conor Youtsey

Conor joins the college coaching ranks after a standout career competing for the University of Michigan.

Fifth-Year Senior (2016-17)
• NCAA qualifier;
• Came out of retirement to rejoin the Michigan team in mid-January after season-ending injuries sidelined two Wolverine 125-pounds

Senior/Junior (2015-16)
• NCAA All-American, 125 pounds

Junior/Sophomore (2014-15)
• NCAA All-American, 125 pounds

Sophomore/Freshman (2013-14)
• NCAA Qualifier;

Freshman (2012-13)
• U-M Athletic Academic Achievement Award
• Redshirted season; appeared unattached in two open tournaments
• Claimed fourth place at the Michigan State Open (Nov. 11) with a 3-2 record
• Earned two decisions over Ohio State's Nikki Triggas -- 4-2, 2-0 -- at MSU tournament

Prep
• Graduated from Mason High School (2011)
• National Honor Society; academic all-state
• Selected as Michigan's "Mr. Wrestler" award winner (2011)
• Michigan recipient of the 2011 Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award
• Member of the Dapper Dan USA team (2011)
• Three-time Michigan state champion at 119 pounds (2009, '10, '11); claimed third place as a freshman (112 pounds, 2008)
• Career prep record of 203-2, including consecutive undefeated 45-0 records as a junior and senior
• FloNationals champion (2010) and two-time finalist
• Fargo freestyle All-American (2010)

Clinician & Speaker
Samat Nadyrbek Uulu

Samat is an international wrestler who trains at Pittsburgh wrestling club as our resident athlete. He is great training partner for our light weight athletes and will contribute greatly to our long term goals of establishing our RTC.

Achievements

2015 Kyrgyz World Team Member at 57 Kg
2015 Asian Championship Runner Up
2014 World University Games Runner Up
2016 NYAC Champion
2017 Dave Schultz Memorial Runner-up

Clinician & Speaker
John Gingrich

Jon comes to us from State College, PA where he helped the Nittany Lions win a Team National Title at the NCAA Championships. He is a great training partner for our heavy weight athletes and will contribute greatly to our long term goals of establishing our RTC.

Achievements

2017 Dave Schultz Memorial Runner-up
2018 Guelph Open Champion

Clinician & Speaker
Nico Megaludis

NCAA CHAMPION; THREE-TIME NCAA FINALIST, 4X ALL-AMERICAN
Megaludis currently competes internationally at 61 KG. He booked one of Penn State's most successful lightweight careers, reaching the NCAA finals three times and placing third as well. He grew up in Murrysville, PA attending Franklin Regional HS