Pete Di Pol
Position: Head Wrestling Coach
Baker head wrestling coach Pete Di Pol joined the Baker University Athletics coaching staff on April 30, 2013 and in a short time has helped continue to put Baker wrestling on a national stage.
In just his first season at Baker, he helped lead the Wildcats to its first-ever NAIA Wrestling National Champion, as freshman Bryce Shoemaker won the 133-pound NAIA national championship at the 2014 NAIA Wrestling National Championships in Topeka, Kan. Baker also posted five HAAC Wrestler's of the Week, five NAIA National Championship qualifiers, two NAIA All-Americans in 149-pound wrestler Nick Haugen and 133-pound Shoemaker.
Alan Callahan was also named the 2014 KWCA-NAIA Senior Wrestler of the Year and Dustin Turner earned the distinguished 2014 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete award. Baker ended 2014 ranked No. 16 in the final NAIA Wrestling Coaches' Top 20 poll and Di Pol's career college record improved to 30-12 with an overall career coaching record of 255-79.
Di Pol came to Baker after serving as the head coach at Gloucester County College in Sewell, N.J., since 2011.
While at GCC, Di Pol was named the Region 19 Coach of the Year and the Garden State Athletic Conference Coach of the Year twice.
His squad finished fourth in the nation in 2012 and fifth in 2013 in the NJCAA Non-Scholarship division. In his career at GCC he accumulated a record of 23-6 that featured 19 national qualifiers, two district champions, two All-Americans and one national finalist.
Prior to coming to Gloucester County College, Di Pol was regarded as one of the best high school coaches in the state of New Jersey where he won five New Jersey state championships, three as head coach. He also had two teams finish in the top 50 nationally at No. 17 and No. 31. Best known for his head coaching stints at Camden Catholic H.S. and Haddonfield H.S., Di Pol also spent time as head coach at Edgewood H.S. and Schalick H.S.
His teams won five conference championships, five district championships and his 2007 Camden Catholic team set the New Jersey state record with 32 dual meet wins in once season.
He compiled an impressive 225-67 record and was named coach of the year five times. He coached 36 District Champions, eight Region Champions, 11 State Place Winners, three State Finalists, and one State Champion. He also coached a Beast of the East Champion in 2006 and had a High School All-American in 2007.
Di Pol was a standout wrestler at powerhouse Paulsboro H.S. in the early 1990's. At Paulsboro he was a member of four state championship teams and the No. 1 team in New Jersey in 1991. He was Captain his senior year, two-time District Champion, 1994 Region 8 Champion, and Most Valuable Wrestler of the Region 8 Tournament.
He also finished 7th/8th in the State of New Jersey in 1994. Coach Di Pol was a member of the South Jersey All-Star Team and was also named the Most Valuable Wrestler of the 1994 Paulsboro wrestling team. He was a member of the 1996 NJCAA Division III National Championship team as a wrestler at Gloucester CC and also a graduate of the Gloucester County Police Academy.
Di Pol helped guide two of his athletes to NJCAA Academic All-America awards, one in 2012 and one in 2013 and Coach graduated from the NWCA Leadership Academy in 2011.
Di Pol earned a Bachelor's Degree from Rutgers University, a Master's Degree and Educational Specialist Degree both from Liberty University and is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Education from Northeastern University. Coach Di Pol lives in Baldwin City with his wife Tina and two children Angelo and Cecilia.