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Tony Robie named associate head coach at Virginia Tech



BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech athletics department, along with head wrestling coach Kevin Dresser, announced Tuesday the hiring of Tony Robie as the associate head coach for the Tech wrestling program.

Robie comes to Blacksburg after serving as the head coach at Binghamton University in New York last year. A two-time collegiate All-American and 1997 NCAA runner-up, Robie took over a program that had been discontinued after the 2003-04 school year because of budget constraints. Before taking over at Binghamton, he resided in Ann Arbor, Mich., for four seasons as an assistant coach for the University of Michigan.

"I'm very excited to work with Tony Robie," Dresser said. "Tony brings experience, a great work ethic and super people skills to Virginia Tech. We will be a great team."

In six years as a Division I assistant coach, Robie helped coach 23 All-Americans, nine Academic All-Americans and one national champion. As the Wolverines' top assistant coach, Robie recruited three top-10 classes, including the No.-2 ranked class in 2004. His one-on-one work with Michigan student-athlete Ryan Bertin culminated in Bertin's 2003 NCAA championship - the school's first national champion in 18 years. In all, Michigan's team earned national top-10 status all four years that Robie was a coach.

His dedication and influence off the mat resulted in the wrestling team winning the 2003 community service award at the school.

A world-class wrestler in his own right, Robie racked up a 126-23 record on the collegiate mat. A two-time captain for former Olympic gold medalist Bruce Baumgartner at Edinboro University, Robie was a three-time Eastern Wrestling League Champion and a three-time Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) champion. As a senior, Robie led the Fighting Scots to a sixth-place national finish - the highest in school history. He ranks fourth on the school's all-time wins list and went on to earn a bronze medal at the 1998 U.S. Open Freestyle Championships.

A native of Erie, Pa., Robie was a Dean's List student at Edinboro, and received the school's Academic Achievement Award before graduating with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice in 1997.

Robie brings strong ties to the eastern wrestling hotbed as he also served as an assistant coach at West Virginia (1998-99) and Edinboro (1999-00).

The other positions on Dresser's staff will be announced as they are filled.
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