Jason ValekHead Coach
Alma Mater: Clemson '98
Office Phone: 321-5659
Head coach Jason Valek is entering his 10th season coaching Newberry and his ninth at the Division II level.
He was hired in the summer of 2004 to be the first wrestling coach in Newberry history. In his 10 years at the helm, Newberry has gone 153-39-23.
Valek has coached 55 NWCA and Division II National Qualifiers, 30 NCAA D-II All-Americans, three Division II National Champions, two Division II national runner-ups, an NCWA National Champion and three NCWA All-Americans.
The Wolves have six consecutive top eight national finishes, six consecutive Super Region titles, three Super Region I Coaches Awards, and four straight top four National Duals finishes in just eight short seasons. Valek has raised the Newberry wrestling program into one of the top handful of teams in the nation.
In 2012-13, Newberry claimed its sixth consecutive NCAA Super Region I Championship, a sixth consecutive top eight national finish and fifth place honors at the NWCA National Duals.
Newberry went 19-2 under Valek’s guidance. Nine wrestlers placed in the NCAA Super Region I Tournament with eight qualifying for the national tournament. Senior Deral Brown and junior Jeff Vesta earned All-American honors placing 4th at 149 and 125 lbs. respectively. Juniors Blake Ridenour and Joey Grisko placed 6th and 8th each earning their first All-American status. Matt Wade, Taylor Knapp and BJ Young will all return for 2013-2014 after making it to the Round of 12. The 2013-2014 Wolves incoming recruiting class was ranked 4th in the non division one rankings by Amateur Wrestling News adding Brandon Thompson (133 – Solon, Ohio), Brandon Keller (141 – Sicklerville, N.J.), Trung Duong (125 – Lynchburg, Va.), Dennis Flores (157 – Hanahan, S.C.) and transfer Kayne Melko (157 – Bellaire, Ohio)
He is the past president of the NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association and has been elected to the Board of Directors for the National Wrestling Coaches Association while serving as a convention presenter on topics such as “How to Build a Sustainable Program from The Ground Up”. He is also on the NCAA Wrestling Committee and serves on the South Carolina High School League’s Executive Committee as well as being a member of the NCAA Division II National Rankings Committee.
Valek is a 1998 graduate of Clemson University with a bachelor’s degree in sports management and a Leadership Academy Graduate of Michigan State.