Cory Cooperman begins his first season on the Fighting Illini coaching staff after being named volunteer assistant and Illini Wrestling Club coach. Cooperman comes to Illinois from Rutgers, where he served as assistant coach from 2009-11. Prior to that, he was an assistant coach at Cornell from 2006-09.
Cooperman helped guide Rutgers to a school-record 12 dual wins and a No. 9 national ranking in 2010-11. He also guided seven Scarlet Knights to NCAA berths. At Cornell, the Big Red produced three Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association and Ivy League team titles, 12 All-Americans and two national champions. As a standout wrestler at Lehigh, Cooperman was a three-time All-American, a three-time EIWA champion in the 141-pound weight class, won the Southern Scuffle in 2006 and was an alternate for the 2002 Junior World Team.