Kyle Borshoff, a New York high school state wrestling champ who was a two-time NCAA All-American wrestler then assistant coach at American University, has disproved the old adage “You can never go home again” by returning to his home state to join the wrestling coaching staff at Binghamton University, the amateur wrestling website NewYorkWrestlingNews.com reported May 27. Although the hiring has not been announced at the official Binghamton wrestling website, it has been confirmed by Borshoff at his Facebook page.
“Thank you New York Wrestling News for doing this article. I am very excited to get started at Binghamton with the task of building young men into champions on the mat and in the classroom,” Borshoff posted on Facebook on May 27. Exactly one month earlier, the New York State native had put this message on Facebook: “This is my last week at American University. I want to thank everyone that has made my time here as a student athlete and as a coach special. Thank you to the parents that trusted your kids to us over the past 5 years. Thank you to the alumni that dedicate your time and resources to our program to ensure that we can have every opportunity that we need to succeed. Thank you to my teammates and my coaches that helped push me while I was here as a student athlete, and have supported me while I have been a coach here. Thank you to all of the athletes that I have had the opportunity to coach for putting everything on the line each day in practice and every time you have stepped on the mat to compete. Thank you to our fantastic administrators that continue to support the wrestling program here at AU. Special thank you to my parents who have always supported me every step of the way through my time here at American. Good luck to all future AU wrestlers, I hope that you accomplish all of your goals that you set out to achieve.”
Although having spent nearly a decade at American in Washington, DC – first as a student-athlete, then as a member of the coaching staff – Borshoff, a 2006 NYS champion at Pittsford High School, told New York Wrestling News that he was eager to return to his home state, saying, “I’m really excited to be in New York. I just finished my Masters Degree [in Health Promotion Management] and I felt like it was time to move on and get closer to home.” Things fell into place when Binghamton head wrestling coach Matt Dernlan contacted him. “I wanted to be back in New York, having grown up here and wrestled here and knowing the level of talent New York State produces at the high school level,” Borshoff said. “I got a chance to talk to [Dernlan] about the goals and the future of the team and everything he said is in line with the goals of what I’d like to accomplish as a coach. I know the area pretty well and having [brother] Jasen here and being able to work with him is a great opportunity.” (Jasen Borshoff is a member of the Bearcat coaching staff, as is Teyon Ware.)
“Creating another coaching position has been in the works,” Dernlan told New York Wrestling News. “When we were able to secure the funding, Kyle was the first guy we went to. I’ve had my eye on Kyle for a while. When I was at Penn State, I knew him as a competitor and saw what he was capable of doing. I watched his development as a coach the past five years and have been very impressed. Obviously, my relationship with the Borshoff family has grown over the past few years. I always knew if an opportunity opened up, we would do what we could to get him up here.”
As an American Eagle wrestler, Borshoff was a three-time qualifier for the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, earning NCAA All-American honors as a junior and as a senior, becoming only the fourth AU wrestler to earn All-American status more than once. He compiled an overall record of 102-39 and currently ranks fifth in career wins, fifth in career falls, fourth in career technical falls and sixth in career major decisions at the school, according to his bio at the American University wrestling website.
After graduating from American in 2010, Borshoff served as a volunteer assistant coach during the 2010-11 season, helping guide the program to its best season ever. American placed fifth at the NCAA Championships and crowned three All-Americans. The following year, Borshoff was promoted to full-time assistant coach, a position he held for the next four years. In October 2013, Borshoff competed in a test event for Tour ACW (Association of Career Wrestlers), a professional wrestling venture based on amateur wrestling rules.
“Kyle has proven himself as an athlete and as a coach,” Dernlan said. “He knows how to get guys on the podium. That’s ultimately the goal we’re working for. He’s familiar with working in an academic role and will probably do that here. He also adds to all of our connections in New York and will be actively engaged, doing clinics and continuing to build our brand of Binghamton wrestling. He’ll be able to cultivate deeper relationships with the coaches around the state.”
“Kyle is so excited to get back to New York,” Dernlan added. “He believes in what we’re trying to build and in our vision to create one of the best teams in the country with New York guys. This is an ideal win. We not only now have a full complement of coaches, but we’re adding the No. 1 guy we’ve been targeting all along. I couldn’t be happier.”