Weader Named Interim Head Coach for Wrestling

Posted: August 9, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Mark Weader, the top assistant coach for the George Mason wrestling team for the past six seasons, was named interim head coach of the program for the upcoming 2005-06 campaign, Assistant Vice-President/Director of Athletics Tom O’Connor announced. A new assistant coach will be named in the future.

Weader, BS Communication ‘99, takes over following the resignation of former head coach Brian Shaffer, who guided the Patriots to three Colonial Athletic Association championships. Weader trained for four seasons under Shaffer.

“I’m very excited and honored to have the opportunity to coach at my alma mater,” Weader says. “I think we’re looking forward to a great year and a lot of future success.”

As a member of the Patriot wrestling staff, Weader helped develop 12 NCAA qualifiers, including 2001 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Wrestler of the Year Donnie DeFilippis. He also helped coach five CAA individual champions from 2000-05 and was on the staff of Mason’s 2001 CAA Championship squad.

Weader completed his George Mason career in 1998-99 as he compiled a 17-11 overall record, won the CAA championship at 157 pounds, and advanced for the first time to the NCAA Championships. He placed second twice at 142 pounds at the CAA Championships, and he won the Virginia Division I Intercollegiate Championship in 1998. A four-year starter for the Patriots after transferring from Clemson University, Weader finished his career with an overall record of 75-40.

Weader married the former Shannon Jones last spring. Jones played soccer for George Mason’s women’s team from 1996-98.

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