Former Cyclone Gallick Returning to Ames
AMES, Iowa – Former Iowa State wrestler and 2006 NCAA champion Nate Gallick (2002-06) is returning home to be a volunteer coach in the Iowa State wrestling program, ISU head coach Kevin Jackson announced Wednesday. Gallick, a three-time All-American, has served as an assistant coach at Tennessee-Chattanooga for the past two seasons, while still competing internationally at 60 kilograms (132 pounds). Jackson also announced that Molly Donnelly is being retained from the previous staff as director of wrestling operations.
“This is a great fit for Nate, who returns to his alma mater," Jackson said. "Nate is exactly the kind of individual we want in our wrestling room. He is part of the Cyclone family, he is one of the top wrestlers in the U.S. and he knows many of our wrestlers. This is a good development for us. Molly Donnelly is respected by everyone she has worked with and will be a great resource for us now and in the future."
Gallick, the 2006 Iowa State Student-Athlete of the Year was perfect in his senior Cyclone season, going 35-0 and winning a NCAA 141-pound title. Gallick placed second and fifth previously.
Gallick, a native of Tucson, Ariz., won Big 12 titles at 141 pounds in his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. He finished his career with 106 victories.
"Obviously, returning to my alma mater in a program that is actively working to bring in top wrestlers from around the country is the kind of situation I am looking for," Gallick said. "It is an ideal situation for me. I know many of the older guys on the team so this is exciting for me."
In the freestyle arena, Gallick has been nothing short of stellar, having been ranked by TheMat.com as one of the top wrestlers at 60 kilograms on several occasions. Gallick took third at the 2008 Olympic Team Trials and was the winner of the 2007 U.S. Senior Nationals.
Nate Gallick is older brother of current two-time All-American Cyclone Nick Gallick