Now in his fourth year as an assistant coach with the King men’s wrestling team, Nick Stella brings a wealth of enthusiasm to complement his Division I wrestling experience. After finding success early in his career, he has carried that with him to pass on to his athletes at King with outstanding results.
In 2012-13, Stella helped the Tornado post a dual match record of 5-3, while going 3-0 in conference matches. King also competed in many tournaments and had two wrestler's finish in the top-6 of the NCAA Division II Regional, Dyvon Passmore and Cody Davis. Both Trevor Wentt and Jeremy Miller earned Academic All-American Honors.
In his first two years as an assistant coach with King, Stella has worked with six National Tournament qualifiers and two All-Americans. In 2011-12, Frank Morgan and Tywan Claxton each earned All-American honors as part of a foursome that traveled to Pueblo, Colo. to represent the nationally-ranked Tornado. King reached as high as No. 11 in the national rankings that year and finished No. 20 overall in a season they were constantly in the national spotlight.
Prior to coming to King, Stella was a four-year wrestler at the University at Buffalo between 2005-10. He held an overall record of 71-66 in his career and currently holds the school record in dual meet escapes with 93. At UB, he was trained by and wrestled for NCAA Division I All-Americans Jim Beichner and Jeff Catrabone in addition to NJCAA All-American, Frank Beasley.
His youth career began showing signs of success as early as his seventh grade year when he started for the Sweet Home High School varsity team and was a state qualifier the following year. He was a four-time New York State Qualifier and posted a high school career record of 184-32.
Stella graduated from the University at Buffalo in 2010 with a degree in Health and Human Services and recently completed his Masters of Education from King. His brother, Nic, is currently a starter on the Tornado wrestling team at 149 pounds.