One year after completing a standout wrestling career at Stevens Institute of Technology, Joe Favia is returning to his alma mater as its new head coach, the Hoboken, N.J. school announced Thursday.
Favia, a 2013 Stevens grad, takes the helm after former head coach Mike Clayton accepted a position with USA Wrestling as its National Coaches Education Program Manager in March, involved in the education and development of wrestling coaches at all levels within the U.S. Clayton had headed up the Ducks wrestling program for seven seasons.
Despite being out of school a bit more than a year, Favia already has some collegiate coaching experience, having served as an assistant at Stevens since the beginning of this year. At the same time, Favia has been the Rutgers University club assistant coach since 2013. In addition, he also helped out at the University of Iowa training camps from 2010 to 2012.
As a Stevens wrestler, Favia was a two-time NCAA All-American, placing fifth in the 165-pound bracket at the NCAA Division III Championships in 2012 and 2013. In 2012, he claimed the Centennial Conference title and was named Most Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament. The following year, the Brick, N.J. native took top honors at the NCAA Eastern Regional. For his outstanding senior season, Favia was named Stevens’ Best Male Athlete.
“I could not be happier that Joe has decided to join our staff,” said Stevens Director of Athletics Russell Rogers. “His passion for the sport of wrestling along with his knowledge and ability to relate with our student-athletes is very special. I look forward to working with Joe, coach Jeff Jacobs and coach Jeff Marsh in helping our team reach its fullest potential on and off the mat.” (Jacobs and Marsh are assistant coaches for the Stevens wrestling program.)
The former Duck wrestler-turned-coach is eager to put his experience to work in his new position.
“I am honored to have been selected as the head coach of my alma mater,” stated Favia. “I have a great deal of pride in this institution and believe in its ability to succeed. I would like to thank Russ Rogers and the Stevens community for their continued support, and faith in my ability to lead this program into the future. I am eager to being a new era of Stevens wrestling, as we prepare to elevate the program to new levels of success.”