SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Mitch Monteiro, a Paso Robles High School graduate and three-time NCAA Division I national qualifier while wrestling at Cal State Bakersfield, has been added to Brendan Buckley's coaching staff at Cal Poly.
Monteiro earned NCAA All-American honors with a fifth-place finish at 285 pounds in the 2010 NCAA Championships en route to a 21-7 record as a senior with the Roadrunners.
He also qualified for the nationals in 2008, posting a 3-3 mark as a sophomore after transferring from Cuesta College, and in 2009 when he compiled a 29-8 record as a junior.
"We are very pleased to announce the hiring of Mitch Monteiro, a local product an a former NCAA All-American," said Buckley. " It can be difficult to find quality coaches that wrestled heavyweight and yet are agile and light enough to work with 184- and 197-pounders and we did just that.
"Mitch having wrestled at Paso Robles High School will also present us with the opportunity to strengthen our ties to the local wrestling community, something that is very important to us," Buckley added.
Monteiro attended Cal Poly from 2005-06 and was a member of the Mustang wrestling team, but had his season cut short due to an injury. He attended Cuesta College during the 2006-07 season, but that same injury kept him from competing as well.
Monteiro placed second in the Pacific-10 Conference Championships as a sophomore at Cal State Bakersfield and captured conference titles in both 2009 and 2010. He was named the Roadrunners' Male Athlete of the Year in 2010.
At Paso Robles High School, Monteiro claimed four league championships as well as three CIF-Southern Section individual titles. He was a two-time CIF-Southern Section Masters Meet placewinner with a first and a third, and twice qualified for the state finals, finishing second and third.
Monteiro has been working as a line counselor at Aarons Boys Home in Atascadero since February, providing supervision, guidance and counseling to at-risk youth and juvenile delinquents.
Monteiro will coach wrestlers in the upper weights while Jamill Kelly, hired in August, will handle the lower-weight wrestlers. Kelly was a silver medalist in the 2004 Summer Olympics and a two-time NCAA qualifier.