PISCATAWAY, NJ – The head coach Scott Goodale announced the hiring of Steven Mytych as Director of Operations for Rutgers Wrestling. Mytych spent the previous two seasons on staff as an assistant coach at Binghamton and also coached at Bloomsburg and Keystone College.
“I’m thrilled to join this program as it continues to grow into one of the best teams in the country,” Mytych said. “It’s a great opportunity to work with a great staff and some of the best student-athletes in the Big Ten.”
“We are delighted to add Steve to our staff,” said Goodale. “Steve brings a ton of experience and will be an asset to our student-athletes. We are lucky to be able to bring Steve here ‘On the Banks’.”
Mytych has been an assistant to Binghamton from 2020-22, with eight Bearcats qualifying for the national championships during that span. In his first season with Binghamton, Mytych helped Micah Roes (125 pounds) become the third true rookie in program history to qualify for the NCAA championships.
Prior to joining the Bearcats, Mytych was an assistant coach at Bloomsburg University, where he helped the Huskies win two national qualifiers in 2019.
From 2016 to 2019, Mytych served as head coach at Keystone College to revive the wrestling program. He also served as Keystone’s compliance coordinator and managed transfers.
Mytych also brings extensive and accomplished wrestling experience to Rutgers as both a competitor and a trainer. A four-year NCAA Division I national qualifier for Drexel University, he became the Dragons’ all-time leader with 137 wins during his career from 2005-2010. He went on to represent the Lehigh Valley AC/Team USA on the Olympic Freestyle Tour, where he was crowned National College Freestyle Champion in 2011.
The northeast Pennsylvania native carried over his success on the sidelines, having led programs for the Lehigh Valley Athletic Club and for Pennsylvania Wrestling while also serving as an assistant coach at Bloomsburg University in 2011 Prior to taking over as head of Keystone’s program, Mytych was also an assistant coach for the Wyoming Seminary Preparatory School wrestling team where he was also the head strength and conditioning coach and head girls coach. softball, resulting in schools winning 19 games this season. Mytych was also selected as an assistant coach for the Senior All Star game.
Mytych’s illustrious career at Drexel began with Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Rookie of the Year honors in 2006, when he became the first Dragons wrestler to win the award. A team captain for three years at Drexel, Mytych won the NCAA’s most important wrestling decision in 2008 with 15 on the season. In 2010, he won the CAA Championship and was named team MVP to go along with his second Wilkes Open Championship while also being named Wilkes Open Outstanding Wrestler. Mytych has posted numerous top-five finishes competing against the nation’s top wrestlers in various tournaments and finished in the Top 12 at the US Open in 2010 and 2011.
Mytych continued his wrestling career on the Olympic freestyle circuit, finishing fourth at the World Team Trials in 2013. He also represented Team USA on tours of Russia and Cuba that same year and finished fourth at Sunkist International Open and seventh at the US Open. Mytych has twice participated in training camp for the United States National Team and has also scored three impressive third-place finishes, including at the 2010 National University Freestyle Championships as well as the 2009 Greco National University Championships and the 2009 Northeast Regional Freestyle Championships.
A native of northeastern Pennsylvania, Mytych began wrestling at Wyoming Valley West High School before moving to Northampton High School where he fought for a school that was the nation’s top public high school in 2004. He was a four-time PIAA state qualifier from 2002 to 2005, placing eighth in 2003 and 4th in 2004. Mytych was NE regional champion in 2005 after finishing second regional the previous three seasons. The holder of 139 school wins, he was also a two-time District XI champion.
Mytych earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Drexel in 2010. Mytych was inducted into the Luzerne County Sports Hall of Fame in August 2018.