Head Wrestling Coach
Coach Schmidt is entering his 30th season at Nassau Community College. Schmidt began his coaching career at Nassau as an assistant before taking over the Head Coaching responsibilities in 1996. Coach Schmidt is a graduate of Nassau Community College and a former NJCAA All-American wrestler. After graduating from Nassau Community College Coach Schmidt continued his education and wrestling career at the University of Florida, where he finished second in the SEC Championships and qualified for the NCAA (Division I) National Tournament.
During his tenure at Nassau Community College his teams have won seven NJCAA National Championships (2015, 2013, 2012, 2009, 2008, 2004, 2003) and two National Dual Meet Championships (2005, 2004). Coach Schmidt was named NJCAA Man of the Year in 2004 and inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame in 2010. Coach Schmidt was selected NJCAA Wrestling Coach of the Year in (2013, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2003) and NYS Coach of the Year in (2013, 2002). Coach Schmidt has coached twelve NJCAA Individual National Champions and over a hundred (109) NJCAA All Americans during his time as Head Coach. Coach Schmidt serves as a mentor to current and future college wrestling coaches at the NWCA Leadership Academy. This past year Coach Schmidt was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
Coach Schmidt is a retired New York City Fire Officer, he has a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation Administration from Empire State College and a Masters Degree in Liberal Studies from Stony Brook University. Coach Schmidt currently is a full-time professor and the Coordinator of the Fire Science/ Emergency Management Degree program here at Nassau Community College.
Associate Head Coach
Coach Vougar Orounjov is a former member of the Soviet National team, a two-time World Champion, Olympic medalist and has claimed titles in many other international competitions. Coach Orounjov has been coaching at Nassau Community College for the past ten years. He has been very instrumental in the success of many of the NCC wrestlers over the years and has helped many wrestlers achieve their personal goals. He has been married for 23 years to his wife Zhanna, they have three children Nick, Vito and George. Nick is a former three-time NY State Champion and wrestles for Cornell University. Vito is also a NYS Champion a title he won as a freshman at Syosset High School (2014).
Coach Thomas has been a part of the wrestling staff at Nassau Community College for 22 years, he has been a very valuable asset to the program during that time. Coach Thomas has helped many of our Heavyweights win NJCAA titles over the years. His demeanor and knowledge of wrestling has helped Nassau Community College win six National Titles. Coach Thomas has been married to his wife Sandy for 22 years and they have two children Trevor and Karla.
Coach Maldarelli is a Nassau Community College graduate who finished second in the NJCAA National Tournament (2012). After earning his associates degree, Coach Maldarelli received a full athletic scholarship to wrestle at Lock Haven University. At Lock Haven University Maldarelli qualified for the NCAA (Div. I) Championships. Coach Schmidt believes Maldarelli will bring that fierce competitiveness and leadership into the wrestling room.