Assistant coach Tyler Grayson heads into his sixth season with Brown University wrestling in 2016-17 after joining the program in August of 2011 and garnering first assistant status in August of 2014. A four-year letterwinner at Central Michigan, Grayson was an NCAA Qualifier (Round of 12) in 2010 with the Chippewas and a 2010 Mid-American Conference Champion.
While with the Bears, Grayson has helped mentor five NCAA qualifying wrestlers in Steven Galiardo ’17 (2016), Justin Staudenmayer ’17 (2015-16), Ophir Bernstein ’15 (2012-15), Billy Watterson ’15 (2013), and Dave Foxen ’12 (2012). He aided Bernstein in earning All-America honors in 2014, becoming Brown’s first wrestler to earn such honors in 16 years.
During the 2011-12 year, he served as an assistant coach at Neosho County Community College in Chanute, Kan., a program that boasts eight National Championships and 45 All-Americans at the JUCO level. At Neosho CCC, Grayson helped direct the Panthers to a sixth-place tie as a team at the NJCAA Districts and qualified four wrestlers for Nationals.
"We feel very lucky to add someone of Tyler's caliber to the Brown wrestling program," former Brown head coach Dave Amato said upon his hiring. "He brings a great deal of Division I experience and will add an extremely technical coach to our staff."
A native of Gladstone, Mo., Grayson headed North to Central Michigan where he compiled 31 wins in his first three seasons. His senior year he finished with a 20-7 overall mark and 13-2 dual meet record on his way to a conference championship at 165 pounds.
Grayson is also a two-time Midlands placer (sixth and eighth), two-time University Nationals placer (second and seventh), and an All-American as well as a two-time state champion at the high school level.