Jason Borrelli enters his fifth season as Stanford's head coach in 2012-13, looking to build on last season's success and accomplishments. In his first four years, the Cardinal was 36-37-3 in dual meets and has had five wrestlers qualify for the NCAA Championships a total of 12 times.
Last season, Stanford recorded an 8-8 dual record and a third-place finish at the Pac-12 Championships in Boise, Idaho, which marked the highest team placing since the 2007-08 campaign. Despite just sending two wrestlers to the NCAA Championships in St. Louis, Mo., the Cardinal turned in the third-highest finish (16th) in school history. Under the guidance of Borrelli, senior Nick Amuchastegui became the first Stanford wrestler to reach the NCAA Finals on multiple occasions and just the second to garner three All-America honors, while junior Ryan Mango earned his second career All-America accolades.
In 2010-11, Stanford prodeced arguably the most successful season in program history. After registering a 9-9-1 dual meet record, Stanford finished fourth at the Pac-10 Championships and sent four wrestlers to the NCAA Championships in Philadelphia, Pa. Junior Nick Amuchastegui finished as the national runner-up at 174 pounds and garnered his second career All-America honors. Senior Zack Giesen (197 pounds) and sophomore Ryan Mango (125 pounds) both placed sixth in their respecitve weight classes to secure their first All-America honors. The team finished a program-best 11th (44.0 points) at the championships and produced three All-Americans in the same season for the first time in school history.
In 2009-10, the Cardinal posted a 11-7-1 dual meet record and sent four wrestlers to the NCAA Championships in Omaha, Neb. Highlighting the group for Borrelli was 165-pounder Nick Amuchastegui. After capturing his first Pac-10 title in Davis, Calif., the sophomore placed fourth at the NCAA Championship and garnered his first All-America honors. His fourth-place finish marked the highest finish by a Cardinal wrestler since 2004.
In 2008-09, Borrelli led the Cardinal to eight dual wins, had four top-three Pac-10 placers for the first time in more than two decades and sent two wrestlers to the NCAA Championships in St. Louis.
A former Central Michigan standout, Borrelli came to The Farm as an assistant coach in 2007 and quickly helped guide the Cardinal to one of its most successful seasons in school history. Working with the lower weights, Borrelli helped the Cardinal win 13 duals, post its highest Pac-10 finish in school history, its second-highest national finish and send a program-best five wrestlers to the NCAA Championships.
Under Borrelli's guidance, 125-pounder Tanner Gardner captured his second consecutive Pac-10 title, became the school's first three-time All-American with a fifth-place national finish and broke both Stanford's career and single-season win records. Another lightweight, freshman Lucas Espericueta, qualified for the NCAA Championships and finished his rookie season as one of the five winningest freshmen in school history.
As a team, Borrelli and the staff led Stanford to a 19th-place finish nationally, matching the program's second-highest finish in school history and just its third all-time top-20 finish. Owning two of the conference's four All-Americans, the Cardinal's 19th place finish was the best in the Pac-10.
Prior to coming to Stanford, Borrelli served as an assistant coach at Central Michigan and ran a youth wrestling club. In his first year on the staff, he helped the Chippewas to their ninth consecutive Mid-American Conference Championship. The squad finished the season ranked fifth in the final dual meet rankings and finished 15th at the NCAA Championships in Detroit, Mich. Borrelli also helped guide three CMU wrestlers to All- America honors during the 2006-07 season.
A Mt. Pleasant, Mich. native, Borrelli was a two-time Michigan State Champion in high school before beginning his career at Central Michigan in 2001. A four-year starter at 125 and 133 pounds, he was part of five consecutive team Mid-American Conference (MAC) championships. As a junior in 2005, he captured the 133-pound MAC title. Borrelli qualified for the NCAA Championships at 133 pounds twice, in 2005 and 2006, and captained the Chippewa team as a senior. A four-year NWCA All-Academic selection, Borrelli graduated from Central Michigan in December 2005 with a degree in business administration.
Borrelli and his wife Jenna were married in July 2009 and reside in Palo Alto.