Fairfield, CT – Executive Director of Athletics Don Cook has announced the hiring of David Cameron as the head coach of the Pioneers wrestling team. Cameron is a long standing member of the Sacred Heart community as a clinical assistant professor in the Physical Therapy program since 1996. Cameron has always had influence on SHU wrestling, assisting the program during its inception and serving as the team's faculty mentor since the 2000-01 season.
"It is an honor to assume the role of head wrestling coach at Sacred Heart University," said Cameron. "I look forward to working with our wrestlers to develop, most importantly, wholesome young men, as well as to achieve success in the classroom and on the mat. "
"David Cameron is a wonderful addition to the University coaching staff," commented Cook. David comes to us as an already proven college wrestler, coach, and scholar."
Cameron had a spectacular wrestling career at Central Connecticut State and was inducted into the University's Alumni Association Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009. After recovering from a life threatening injury in his freshman year Cameron went on to dominate competition in his final three seasons at CCSU, posting a 46-2 dual meet record. Cameron was a Division II All-American and finished fourth in the national championships in 1981. He twice won the Division II Eastern Regional (1979 & 1981) and captured first-place finishes at the 1978 Springfield College Open and the 1979 United States Coast Guard Invitational.
Cameron remained at Central Connecticut State as an assistant coach for the Blue Devils in 1981-82. He also served as the head coach for Farmington High School in 1982-82. During this time Cameron continued his academic pursuits, studying physical therapy at the University of Connecticut. He received his Masters with a concentration in Sports Biomechanics in 1983. Cameron also assisted Jon Valles and Steve Turgeon in the founding of South Windsor Youth Wrestling.
"We're fortunate to have found a coach with a genuine, balanced perspective about how academics and intercollegiate athletics weave logically together," said Cook. "The Athletics Department is fortunate to have a proven professional on its coaching staff, made ideal by his full time presence on campus as a member of the University's Physical Therapy faculty. Dr. Cameron is the consummate professional."
Cameron was born in New Haven and raised in Milford, where he currently resides with his wife, Denise.