University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling head coach Heath Eslinger announced the addition of Jon Sioredas to the coaching staff today. A former All-American for the Mocs, Sioredas spent the last six seasons as an assistant coach at Old Dominion.
Sioredas (pronounced suh-REE-duss) was a two-time Southern Conference Champion and NCAA qualifier at Chattanooga from 2004-05. The 2005 SoCon Wrestler of the Year and SoCon Tournament MVP placed fifth at 165 at the 2005 NCAAs to claim All-American status.
“Jon is going to be a great addition to our staff,” stated Eslinger. “The fact that he is an alum and believes in what we are doing is a big deal to me. He brings a lot of intensity and energy to the wrestling room, but he is also really polished as a recruiter.”
Sioredas helped coach four All-Americans and an NCAA National Finalist is his last five seasons at ODU. He also helped the Monarchs reach a top-25 national ranking in three of the past five years. ODU also performed well in the classroom during his tenure, earning 10 Academic All-NWCA individual honors as well as being ranked in the top-10 in the nation in grade-point-average in 2011.
“Chattanooga and Old Dominion are very similar in their successes on the mat and in the classroom,” added Eslinger. “We were seventh in the nation in g.p.a. last year and they were fifth. Jon understands that being Chattanooga Strong means a commitment to comprehensive excellence – academically, athletically and socially – and that is very important to me.”
Sioredas was recently inducted into the UTC Athletics Hall of Fame. After transferring from Missouri prior to the start of the 2003-04 season, he went 20-8 his first year at Chattanooga and was an All-Southern Conference honoree. As a senior in 2005, he was 29-4 overall with five pins and was named the SoCon Wrestler of the Year and Most Outstanding Wrestler at the SoCon Tournament.
At the 2005 NCAA Championships in St. Louis, Mo., Sioredas pinned Minnesota’s Matt Nagel in the fifth place match to earn All-American honors. The Mocs went on to finish 21st, tying for the second-best showing in school history at the Division I level.
“After seeing the job that Coach Eslinger has done with our alma mater over the last three years, I knew that it was something that I wanted to be a part of,” stated Sioredas. “They are moving forward in every aspect of the program and I want to be a part of building Chattanooga Strong into a nationally successful brand.”
Sioredas graduated in 2005 with a degree in Sociology & Anthropology. He earned his Master’s in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University in 2009.
A native of Chesapeake, Va., and a 2000 Great Bridge High School graduate, Sioredas was a Virginia state champion, All-American and National Champion. He amassed a 181-13 career record, becoming the fourth winningest wrestler in Virginia High School history. He and his wife, Michele, have a one-year-old son, Braden.