Frank resigns as Gettysburg head wrestling coach

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Gino Frank, who has served 17 years on the Gettysburg wrestling coaching staff and last four as head coach, has stepped down from his position.

Frank was instrumental in guiding the Bullets through a head coaching transition in the midst of the pandemic.

"I want to thank Gino for his 17 years of energy, effort, and dedication to the wrestling program," Executive Director of Athletics Mike Mattia said. "He has had a positive impact on a generation of Gettysburg wrestlers, and he certainly left his mark on the program. I wish him nothing but the best."

In his 17 years on staff, he helped Gettysburg produce four All-Americans, 12 national qualifiers, 23 Scholar All-Americans, 11 Centennial Conference (CC) champions and 61 conference placewinners.

In his first season leading the way in the corner, he mentored the CC Most Outstanding Wrestler Eric Mougalian, who captured the individual crown at 149. That same year, Luke Kowalski claimed Rookie of the Year honors and has since gone on to win conference titles the last two seasons at 133 in 2023 and 141 in 2024 under Frank's tutelage. Kowalski's 2023 crown earned him Most Outstanding Performer honors, making it back-to-back winners for the Bullets. He went on to finish third at the regional meet and seventh at the national championship to become the program's first All-American since 2016 and first under 157 pounds in 44 years.

Prior to Gettysburg, Frank served as the head coach of the Pennsylvania National Greco-Roman Team from 2006-08, leading the team to back-to-back national championships in 2007 and 2008. From 2009-1212, he joined the Minnesota Storm coaching staff and served as a coach for its Junior National Greco-Roman team, which finished third nationally all four years. In 2013, Frank began coaching with the New York National Greco-Roman Team until 2018. During his tenure with Team New York, the squad recorded a fourth-place finish with three national champions at the 2014 USA Wrestling National Championships in Fargo, North Dakota.

Frank made his return to the Pennsylvania National Team in 2019 as the head Junior Greco-Roman coach. In his first year back, the team climbed 14 places from its 2018, 18th place to finish fourth with nine All-Americans.

A USA Wrestling Silver Certified Coach, he is the founder and head coach of the Modern Day Gladiators wrestling club in Central Pennsylvania. Since its inception in 2009, the club has produced 46 Greco-Roman, Freestyle, and Women's Freestyle All-Americans, 65 Northeast Regional Medalists, five Greco-Roman World Team Trials Qualifiers, five Olympic Training Center invitees, and three Pan-Am games gold medalists.

An accomplished wrestler, Frank won a silver medal at the U.S. Master's Greco-Roman National Championships in Las Vegas. He pinned each of his three opponents en route to earning Master's division All-American status. Frank also competed at the NYAC International Greco-Roman Tournament and was inducted into the Mid-Western Pennsylvania Athletic Conference Hall of Fame in 2006.