“We’re really excited to add Jeff to the staff,” Ludwig said. “He has a tremendous passion for wrestling. He’s been a collegiate coach in the past, so he obviously knows what the job entails. He has a real passion to build this program.
“He does really well with our lightweight wrestlers. He also has a lot of ties out there, recruiting-wise, that can help elevate the program as well.”
Breese spent the 2010-11 season as a volunteer assistant under Dave Grant. He came to NIU after spending the 2009-10 season building the Penn State-New Kensington wrestling program from the ground up.
Breese began his collegiate coaching career as an assistant at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pa. During his two years with the Griffons, Breese coached two NCAA qualifiers and one NCAA All-American.
Additionally, Breese found great success coaching at the high school level. He worked closely with both Iron Horse Wrestling Academy in Pittsburgh, Pa. and Flight Time Wrestling Club in Claysville, Pa. While coaching at these clubs, he helped produce numerous state champions, state medalists, Cadet/Junior National All-Americans and several NCAA Division I and II recruits.
A native of Claysville, Pa., Breese earned his communications degree from North Carolina State in 2006 where he was a three-year starter and member of the Wolfpack’s 2004 ACC Championship team. Breese arrived at N.C. State as one of the top recruits in the country as a high school wrestler in Pennsylvania. He was a two-time PIAA State Champion for McGuffey High School and a four-time Cadet Nationals All-American.