Julia Salata '15
Julia Salata '15
Title: Assistant Coach
Phone: 423-652-6025
Email: jsalata@king.edu
Year: 4th Year
Previous College: King '15

Salata joined the Tornado staff prior to the 2016-17 season, following an outstanding career at King that saw her win a pair of WCWA national championships.

In 2017-18, the Tornado posted a dual record of 13-2, and finished fifth at the NWCA National Duals. King also came in with a sixth place finish at the WCWA National Championships and had seven All-Americans, including one national champion.

Salata helped King to memorable 2016-17 year as King had their first wrestler compete at the Olympic Games when Haley Augello competed for the United Stated in Rio. King then went on to win their fourth straight NWCA National Duals title in January and followed that with their fourth WCWA national title a month later. King had nine All-Americans and three individual national champions at the WCWA National Championships. In June, the Tornado were recognized with a Champion Within award from the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, earning the "Champions As Pioneers" distinction.

In her four years as a wrestler at King, Salata was a four-time Women's Collegiate Wrestling Association (WCWA) All-American, winning two national championships. The Canton, Michigan native finished fourth in her freshman season at the WCWA National Championships before taking runner-up as a sophomore.

Her final two years as a Tornado may have been the best two, going undefeated and winning national titles in both her junior and senior seasons. Along with the individual success, Salata helped the Tornado to the first two of their three straight National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) National Duals championships.

Outside of collegiate wrestling, Salata has been successful internationally as well. She has been a training partner for 2016 Olympian Adeline Gray and is a current U.S. Senior National Team member. In 2014 she was a U.S. World Team Trials runner-up and finished fourth in 2012 and 2016 at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials. She was a 2014 University World Championship bronze medalist and a two-time University National and University World Team member. Salata was a two-time Junior World Team member and a two-time Pan American Championships bronze medalist.

Off the mat, Salata interned for USA Wrestling, and later graduated from a pair of wrestling coaching courses, the NWCA Women's Leadership Academy and the United World Wrestling Level 1 International Coaching Course. Salata has been involved in wrestling in many different ways, including providing commentary and articles for Flowrestling on high school national championships and the U.S. Open.