Sean Gray, a two-time All-America wrestler at Virginia Tech, enters his seventh season as an assistant on Carl Adams' staff.
Gray has been instrumental in moving the program forward in a variety of aspects, specifically in the recruitment and development of some of best wrestlers to join the Terriers in recent years. Since Gray's arrival, seven wrestlers have qualified for the NCAA Championships, including three in 2009.
Thanks to his efforts in building the BU program, Gray was promoted to associate head coach in the middle of the 2010-11 season.
Most recently, Gray has played a critical role in the recruitment and development of Freddy Santaite, who finished top 12 in the country and one match shy of All-America status in 2010. Santaite stunned the crowd at the 2010 NCAA Championships after knocking off defending national champion and second-seeded Troy Nickerson of Cornell to advance to NCAA quarterfinals.
Gray also played an integral role in the career of Mike Roberts, who qualified for the NCAAs three times and defeated two national champions (Dustin Schlatter of Minnesota and Darrian Caldwell of NC State) to win the prestigious title at the 2007 Southern Scuffle while also claiming outstanding wrestler honors.
In 2008 Sean took a group of Terrier wrestlers to the Freestyle and Greco Roman University National Championships in Akron, Ohio. Four Wrestlers earned Greco Roman All-America honors, while Carlo Ferrandino and Mike Cubillos qualified for the University Greco Roman World Team Trials. Ferrandino went on to place a true second at the trials, which were held at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Gray came to BU after a successful one-year stint as the head wrestling coach at The Apprentice School in Newport News, Va. Gray guided Apprentice to a fourth-place finish nationally in the National Collegiate Wrestling Association Tournament. Five of his wrestlers eared All-America accolades and two of them were national finalists. For his efforts, he was voted the Mid-Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year and finished third in the national coaches' voting.
Gray graduated from Virginia Tech in 2003 as one of the most decorated wrestlers in Hokies' history. He finished his collegiate career as the school's all-time leader in wins (133-19), winning percentage (.850), pins (45), and pins in a single season (15).
A stellar freshman season in 1997-98 saw Gray post a 32-8 record, win the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) title at 134 pounds, and garner CAA Rookie of the Year honors. After redshirting the 1998-99 season, Gray returned to go 40-3 as a sophomore in 1999-2000, placing seventh at the NCAA Championship and earning his first of two All-American honors. A year later, Gray went 30-3 and wrestled to a sixth-place finish at the NCAAs, earning All-American recognition for the second consecutive season. It marked the first time in Virginia Tech history that a wrestler earned All-America status twice.
Gray was also a three-time Eastern Wrestling League champion, and finished his collegiate career undefeated in conference dual-meet competition. Gray was inducted into the EWL Hall of Fame on March 4, 2007.
In 1999, Gray won the FILA Junior National Freestyle Championship and wrestled to a sixth-place finish at 138 pounds at the Junior World Championship in Sydney, Australia.
Gray was also recognized for his work in the classroom, as he earned the Virginia Tech Wrestling Academic Achievement Award after posting a 4.0 grade point average as a senior. The Blacksburg (Va.) Sports Club named Gray the Outstanding Male Athlete at Virginia Tech for 2001.
Gray's wrestling accolades started in high school, where he was a three-time Prep National Champion for Blair Academy of New Jersey. He was also the first person in New Jersey history to win a Cadet Freestyle National Championship. Gray earned a Master's of Education degree with a specialization in physical education and coaching from BU in 2010. He graduated with an impressive 3.83 grade-point average.