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Dennis Papadatos named Hofstra wrestling coach

Hempstead's Hofstra University, seen on April 16, 2014,

Hempstead's Hofstra University, seen on April 16, 2014, got second place for its success in placing graduates in what LinkedIn called "desirable media jobs," according to a report the website issued on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2014. Credit: Chuck Fadely

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.

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