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Chris Chionuma promoted to Associate Wrestling Head Coach

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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif .– Chris Chionuma, on the cusp of his fourth season with Cal Poly’s wrestling team, has been promoted to associate head coach, effective Thursday.

“Coach Chewy has had an extraordinary impact on the development of Cal Poly’s student-athletes during his first three years as an assistant wrestling head coach,” said the Mustang head coach. Jon Sioredas. “Our goal at Cal Poly is to help develop and shape remarkable men for life after wrestling. Coach Chewy not only consistently stands up for our core values, but he also focuses on developing our character with his passionate approach. of our sport and of life. “

Chionuma, a former Oklahoma State wrestler and Big XII Conference champion, was hired as Cal Poly’s assistant head wrestling coach in July 2018. He had spent the previous three years in Army West Point, helping guide the Black Knights, who qualified 12 student-athletes. at the NCAA Championships around this time. He was also a head coach at Ouachita Baptist University, an NCAA Division II school, which finished fifth at the NCAA Division II Nationals under his direction.

“He really uplifts everyone around him, including myself,” Sioredas said. “He is one of the most sincere people I have had the pleasure of working with and I am proud and delighted that he receives this well-deserved promotion to become our Associate Head Coach.”

Chionuma is a meticulous recruiter with a keen eye on targeting student-athletes who can handle academic rigors as well. His recruiting experience has gone well at Cal Poly, where the average inbound GPA exceeds 4.0.

Chionuma mainly focused on the middle to upper weights. His background in developing big players is evident as nine of the 12 NCAA Division I National Qualifiers at Army West Point from 2015 to 2018 were 157+ weight.

“Coach Chionuma brings an energetic and great personality to the Mustang wrestling family as a whole and this has been vital for improving team culture and essential for continued success,” said Sioredas. “Chionuma’s incredible work ethic and passion for success saw him finish in the top 25 teams at the 2021 NCAA Championships, the highest term on record last fall and growing support from our alumni. and supporters. “

Chionuma enjoyed a distinguished college wrestling career that included three separate NAIA All-America honors while wrestling at Lindenwood University from 2008-2011. He also won a 174-pound national individual title at Lindenwood in 2011.

Chionuma transferred to Oklahoma state after the 2010-11 season, ultimately winning a Big XII Championship at 184 pounds in the 2012-13 season. He compiled a 28-10 record with four falls and was a national qualifier on the Oklahoma State team that placed second at the 2013 NCAA Championships.

A graduate of Blue Springs High School in Blue Springs, Missouri, where he was state champion during his senior season and placed third in the state as a junior, Chionuma received his Bachelor of Arts in Education. of the state of Oklahoma in 2012.

Chris Chionuma Deposit

2021-present
Senior Associate Wrestling Coach at Cal Poly

2018-21
Assistant Head Coach at Cal Poly

2015-18
Assistant Coach at Army West Point
12 National Qualifiers for the NCAA Division I Championships

2014-15
Head Coach at Ouachita Baptist (Arkadelphia, AR)
The team finished 5th at the NCAA Division II Championships

2013-14
Assistant Certified Coach at Ouachita Baptiste
The team finished 4th at the NCAA Division II Championships

2011-13
Big XII Champion and National Qualifier at Oklahoma State University
The team finished 2nd at the NCAA Division I Championships

2008-11
NAIA National Champion at Lindenwood University
3X NAIA All-American

2005-08
Blue Springs High School, Blue Springs, MO
2007 – Third in condition; 2008 – State Champion