National team member Henderson joins wrestling staff as volunteer assistant

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Lehigh head coach Pat Santoro announced the addition of U.S. National Team member Evan Henderson to the Mountain Hawks coaching staff. Henderson was a two-time All-American during his college years in North Carolina and will serve as Lehigh’s volunteer assistant coach while training with the Lehigh Valley Wrestling Club.

Henderson recently competed for the Ohio Regional Training Center and Titan Mercury Wrestling Club. He reached the final of the World Team Trials Challenge tournament at 65kg and qualified for Final X New York in early June.

“I’ve known Evan for a long time. We recruited him to come to Lehigh when he was in high school,” Santoro said. “We have stayed in touch over the years and are delighted to add him to our staff. He brings a wealth of knowledge and a lot of experience to our program.”

The New Florence, Pennsylvania native is a five-time US Open winner and was a runner-up in 2020. He also qualified for the Olympic trials last year. Henderson’s freestyle accomplishments also include a gold medal at the Bill Farrell International in 2018 and silver medals at the 2019 Cerro Pelado and Intercontinental Cup tournaments, as well as the Dave Schultz Memorial Tournament in 2017 and 2018 and the Bill Farrell International 2014.

Henderson amassed a competitive record of 125-37 for North Carolina from 2011 to 2016. He earned a pair of All-America honors at 141, finishing sixth in 2013 and fourth in 2014. Henderson also won a pair of ACC titles, winning at 141 in 2013, then as a senior in 2016 after rising to 149. Among Henderson’s 125 career wins were 46 falls.

After graduating from North Carolina, Henderson spent a season as an assistant coach at Campbell University. He then joined the New York City Regional Training Center and later spent time at Spartan RTC in Ithaca, NY before moving to Ohio.

A graduate of Kiski Prep in western Pennsylvania, Henderson won two national prep championships.

On the training side, Henderson joins an LVWC stable that includes Lehigh All-Americans Darian Cruz and Jordan wood plus Guesseppe Rea and Joey Lavallée.

Henderson graduated in Interpersonal Communication and Organization with a minor in Coaching from North Carolina in 2016. He is recently married to Carly Restano.

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