Department: Athletic Department
Office Location: McCoy-Arnold Center
Joe Privitere took over Briar Cliff University wrestling in 2011, becoming the fifth head coach in program history. During his tenure, BCU's roster has more than doubled in size, represented 21 different states and seen a facility upgrade in the McCoy Arnold Center.
Privitere came to Briar Cliff after serving as the head assistant coach at NCAA Div. I Davidson College for three years. Prior to that, Privitere was an assistant coach at The Citadel Military College of South Carolina, in Charleston, S.C., from 2005 until 2007.
Out of high school, Privitere wrestled at the State University of New York at Binghamton, in Vestal, New York. The NCAA Div. II All-American was a three-year team captain for the Bearcats. The Johnson City, N.Y. native and two-time all-conference selection finished his illustrious career second on the school's all-time win chart and having set the single-season win record with 38. In addition to his college experience, Privitere was also the 1998 High School National Champion, 1999 FILA Greco All-American, 2000 FILA Greco World Team Trial Champion and the 2000 FILA Greco World Silver Medalist.
n the offseason, Coach Privitere spends time on the Iowa Cadet and Junior Greco team staff helping develop Iowa summer wrestlers into winter champions. In the summer of 2013, the Iowa Junior Greco Team finished 2nd in the Country. His time there landed him the title of Northwest Regional Representative for USA Wrestling-Iowa. Recently, Coach Privitere accepted a scholarship to the NWCA Coaches Academy.