WASHINGTON, D.C. – Jeric Kasunic will move from excelling on the mat into chairs next to the mat after being hired as an assistant coach for the American University wrestling program, head coach Teague Moore announced Tuesday.
Kasunic, who recently graduated from AU, will be responsible for assisting the heavier weights for the Eagles – assisting the 184-pounders and up. He is a two-time NCAA qualifier and led the Eagles with a 35-7 overall record and a 13-0 mark in dual matches as a senior in 2018.
Moore is excited about having an accomplished and recent alumnus of the program be able to stay and provide a live role model for the future classes of Eagles.
"Having Jeric join our staff as an assistant coach and the primary upper-weight coach helps our program immensely," said Moore. "Jeric understands our program and what we are trying to accomplish. His career was a constant improvement over his four years, culminating in a 2018 Freestyle University National title last summer (2017), followed by an impressive senior campaign which ranked him as high as eighth in the country.
"We're excited to have Jeric with our talented upper-weights, especially with redshirt Niko Camacho who will step in at heavyweight, and also the addition of 184 Junior College national champion transfer, Tanner Harvey, from Southwest Oregon Community College. Jeric can help both of these young men achieve big results on the mats."
Kasunic was voted AU's Outstanding Senior Athlete of the Year across all sports in 2018. With a career record of 102-41, he is one of the most successful wrestlers in Eagle history, tying for sixth on AU's all-time list in career victories.
He finished his four seasons second on the career list with 40 falls, behind only NCAA champion and Cassell Hall of Famer Josh Glenn, who had 44. Kasunic is the only Eagle in history to appear on the single-season list in falls in each of his four seasons (5th, 11, 2014-15… T6th, 10, twice, 2015-16 & 2017-18… T11th, 9, 2016-17).
He is a two-time NCAA qualifier and a three-time place-winner at the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association Championships. He finished fourth as a junior and senior after placing fifth as a sophomore.
Kasunic was one of four Eagles to be honored this spring by the National Wrestling Coaches Association on its All-Academic Team. He is a two-time selection on the Academic All-EIWA Team.
He graduated this spring from AU with a bachelor's degree in finance.