The Terrier has been transformed into a Diplomat, as former Boston University wrestling standout Nestor Taffur has been named assistant coach at Franklin & Marshall College, the Pennsylvania-based school announced Friday.
Taffur, who graduated from BU in 2014, will be joining the Diplomat wrestling coaching staff headed up by Mike Rogers, with assistants Michael Childs and Steve Borja. Taffur replaces former F&M assistant coach Matt Greenberg, who, after spending the last five years on the staff, is leaving the school to earn his Ph. D. at the University of Illinois, where he will study sport management. Greenberg was one of just two students accepted into the new Sports Research Lab program.
In his new position at F&M, Taffur will be responsible for helping to run aspects of the program, including recruiting, scheduling practice plans and assisting with technique. His responsibilities will also contain a focus on developing the lighter weights and putting together an offseason competition and training program.
“With Nestor just coming off competing in Division I and the EIWA Conference, he will bring a tone of energy and enthusiasm to our room,” said Rogers. “He was a very accomplished athlete and a leader in the Boston program and I am looking for him to bring a new skill set to our program.”
A four-year starter at BU, Taffur compiled an overall record of 119-47 to become the all-time wins leader for the Terriers. Just last year, the former 157-pound standout ranked as high as No. 4 in the nation for his weight class, completing his senior season with a 37-4 record. In addition to being selected to compete at the prestigious 2013 NWCA All-Star Classic last November, Taffur wrapped up his BU career by winning an EIWA (Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association) title and fell just one win shy of All-America status with a 2-2 record at the 2014 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.
A two-time team captain, Taffur was named the team’s Most Valuable Performer in both his junior and senior seasons. He earned Boston’s John B. Simpson Award, given to a male-athlete who demonstrated exceptional leadership, and was honored with the Male Student-Athlete of the Year Award following his junior season.
“We are extremely fortunate to attract such a wonderful person, athlete, competitor and now coach to our program,” said Rogers. “I believe he will bring us to a whole new level in the near future and this hire is yet another step in the right direction for this program.”
Taffur’s addition to the Franklin & Marshall coaching staff is more good news to the Diplomat wrestling program. Earlier this month, the Lancaster, Pa.-based school announced that former F&M wrestler and 1968 grad David Lehman had provided a $5 million endowment to sustain his alma mater’s mat program.