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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Former Nebraska All-American Todd Beckerman has joined the University of Maryland's coaching staff, head coach Pat Santoro announced today. A native of Crofton, Md., Beckerman spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach at the Naval Academy.

Last season with the Midshipmen, the team posted its best dual record since 1993, finished 33rd at the NCAA Championships and had a school-record eight wrestlers post 25-win seasons.

"We are excited to have someone of Todd's caliber join the program," Santoro said. "He has been involved with very successful programs in Nebraska, Penn State and Navy, and the program will benefit from his experience. Being a local guy, he's a great fit for the program. He will work well with all of our wrestlers, especially the lower-weight guys."

"I'm excited to be a part of the Maryland program and to work with Pat Santoro," Beckerman said. "I look forward to working with the athletes and helping the team achieve success in the ACC and nationally."

A former four-year letterwinner and two-time All-America at Nebraska, Beckerman came to Navy from Lincoln, Neb., where he spent the 2002-03 season as a volunteer assistant coach for the Huskers. Beckerman coached primarily the lower weight classes and helped coordinate and assist in the Husker recruiting efforts. He also organized and conducted daily teaching and technique sessions.

Prior to returning to his alma mater, Beckerman worked during the 2001-02 season as an administrative assistant in the Penn State wrestling office, where he worked one-on-one with student-athletes and played a large role in directing summer camps. Beckerman also created and implemented the Todd Beckerman All-American Wrestling Camp, which was held for six-straight summers at Nebraska beginning in 1997.

At the 2000 and 2001 NCAA Championships, Beckerman wrestled to All-America status as well as Academic All-Big 12 honors in both seasons. He was named the 2000-01 Nebraska Male Athlete of the Year, as well as the Husker Power Lifter of the Year. The 2000-01 Nebraska team captain also competed internationally in 1999 and 2000 as a member of the Big 12 All-Star Wrestling Team.

Beckerman graduated from Nebraska in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in Human Resources and Family Sciences.
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