Hofstra named Dennis Papadatos its new wrestling coach on Monday. Papadatos was a four-year starter at Hofstra from 1997-2001.
Papadatos, who attended Island Trees High School, spent the last two seasons as an assistant at North Carolina. He previously assisted at Binghamton and Northern Illinois. He was a strength and conditioning coach at Hofstra from 2001-2004. He is the 12th head coach in the program's history.
"From my initial meeting with Dennis, I could see the tremendous passion he has for Hofstra University and our wrestling program," athletic director Jeffrey A. Hathaway said in a statement. "Hofstra Wrestling has experienced great success in its history and Dennis has played a role in that both as a student-athlete and as a staff member. His belief in developing well-rounded student-athletes who succeed in the classroom, on the mat and in the community made him the perfect choice to lead our program."
Papadatos won 95 matches as a wrestler for Hoftra and twice qualified for the NCAA championships.