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USA Wrestling announces new hires, staffing updates at turn of calendar year

by Richard Immel, USA Wrestling

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Wrestling is pleased to announce the addition of three new employees, plus five internal title changes, and one retirement as the organization concluded one of its most successful years on record.


Individuals added to the USA Wrestling staff in recent months include Greg Dana as Director of Finance, Crescenzo Fano as Digital Video Coordinator and Ismael Borrero Molina as National Greco-Roman Resident Coach.


Dana comes to USA Wrestling after serving over a decade with the National Collegiate Athletic Association as Associate Director of Academic and Membership Affairs. He has extensive business and leadership experience in the finance arena in both the public and private sectors, in addition to a strong background in collegiate athletics and professional sports.


Fano commands a new role in the Communications Department that specifically focuses on digital media and the development of USA Wrestling video initiatives. His impressive professional track record includes time spent at St. John’s University as Assistant Multimedia Director for Athletics and Fenway Sports Management as Video Production Assistant.


The Greco-Roman program got a significant boost in leadership with the addition of Borrero Molina to its coaching staff. He finds himself at USA Wrestling by way of Cuba, where he was an Olympic gold medalist at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a two-time Olympian (2016, 2020) and a two-time World champion (2015, 2019).


Current Greco-Roman coaching staff members Justin Ruiz and Herb House have received title changes entering the all-important Olympic year. Ruiz is now the National Greco-Roman Program Director, an update to his previous title of Interim National Greco-Roman General Manager. House was named National Greco-Roman Head Coach, moving up from his previous role as an assistant coach.


After spearheading a record-setting 2023 in the Corporate Partnerships division, USA Wrestling’s Director of Business Development Aphten Sterling was given an expanded purview to include oversight of Donor and Alumni Relations, as well as Corporate Fundraising.


One of USA Wrestling’s longtime staff members Kevin Hansen retired at the end of the calendar year, leaving the organization after 34 years of dedicated service as a manager in the National Teams Department. Hansen’s duties have been reallocated to current staff members Lisa Downey and Chris Moen who are taking on new or expanded roles.


Downey is transitioning from the Event Department to the National Teams Department where she starts a new role as Women’s Inclusion and National Teams Equipment Coordinator. She previously served as USA Wrestling Events Assistant from Dec. 2022 to Dec. 2023.


Moen has been elevated to Video Production and Building Manager where he will oversee the various needs at USA Wrestling headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo., in addition to his day-to-day duties on the video production side.


An up-to-date list of USA Wrestling national staff is available to the public on TheMat.com. Those interested in employment with USA Wrestling can visit its career page for information on open positions.

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