April 25, 2012
LARAMIE, Wyo. - Former Wyoming All-American wrestler Joe LeBlanc has been hired as an assistant coach for the Indiana University wrestling program, the school announced April 19.
LeBlanc will coach under IU head coach Duane Goldman and heads to Bloomington after a collegiate career at the University of Wyoming that vaulted him onto the list of the greatest wrestlers in school history. The Meeker, Colo., native finished off his senior season in March with a 34-3 record. He lost just one match during the regular season to earn the No. 1 seed at 184 pounds for the 2012 NCAA Championships.
"I have been a fan of Joe LeBlanc since I first saw him at the NCAA Championships during his freshman season," Goldman said in an IU athletics release. "His attitude and passion for the sport are evident in the way that he competes. His commitment to wrestling, academics and family make him a great fit for our staff and the goals of our program."
LeBlanc tops the Wyoming all-time wins list with 147, and he is the only four-time All-America honoree in school history. He also was fourth on the all-time pins list with 39 and lost just 20 matches in his career.
LeBlanc participated in an internship with the Wyoming wrestling coaches in his senior season and credits their tutelage for a major portion of his success.
"The last two semesters have helped me decide that coaching is the career path I want to take while I pursue more education," LeBlanc said. "The Wyoming coaches have been a huge part of my development as a student-athlete and a person over the last few years, and I want to be able to help another group (of student-athletes) reach similar goals."
LeBlanc married his wife, Amanda (Gillan), on May 5, 2009; and has two sons, Tyson and Colby. He'll complete his kinesiology and health promotion degree at Wyoming.