PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Ophir Bernstein ’15, the record holder for career wins at Brown, will join the Brown University wrestling staff as an assistant coach, head coach Todd Beckerman announced on Friday.
“We are really excited to add Ophir to our coaching staff,” Beckerman said. “He is the winningest wrestler in program history and brings a wealth of experience on the mat and as an alumnus of this prestigious University.”
An NCAA All-American and four-time NCAA qualifier, Bernstein finished his career with 119 wins and 38 falls, the most in program history in each category. As a junior in 2013-14, he placed eighth at 184 lbs. in the NCAA Championships, becoming the fourth All-American in school history.
“I would like to thank Coach Beckerman for giving me the opportunity to begin my coaching career at a place that I know so well,” Bernstein said. “I am looking forward to working with the student-athletes and coaches in this program and to helping the team achieve its goals as we enter the dual meet season.”
Bernstein placed at the EIWA Championships in all four seasons and earned All-Ivy honors on three occasions. He garnered Brown’s Fritz Pollard Award, given to the Bears’ most outstanding male athlete, in 2014 and gained Brown’s Freshman Male Athlete of the Year Award in 2011. In 2013-14, he won 36 bouts, one win shy of a program record, and tied a program record with 14 pins.
“He will not only impact our upper weights but be a positive influence on the whole program,” Beckerman said. “His knowledge of the sport and this school will help us succeed as we move toward March.”
A native of Allen, Texas, Bernstein graduated from Brown with degrees in both Business, Entrepreneurship & Organizations and Political Science.