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Mario Thomas named head wrestling coach

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Morrisville State College Athletic Director, Greg Carroll, recently named Mario Thomas head coach of the Mustangs wrestling program for the upcoming 2008-09 season.

Thomas recently served as an assistant coach for two years at Division II Gannon University where he coached six national qualifiers and one NCAA All-American.

The 2005 graduate of Missouri Valley College is a three time NAIA Eastern Region Champion and Collegiate Wrestling All-American (2003, 2004, 2005) at the 184 pound weight class, qualifying for the national tournament in four straight years of competition. Thomas was a member of the Missouri NAIA National Championship team that defeated defending champion, Lindenwood, by a narrow five point margin to claim the national title in 2003. In 2005, Thomas was named a NAIA Champions of Character Honoree as he compiled over 100 collegiate victories in his career at Missouri.

Thomas earned his bachelor of arts degree in philosophy and religion, with a minor in English, from Missouri in 2005, and is expected to complete his masters degree in religious education from Gannon University this summer.

Morrisville State enters its third year as a provisional member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division III in 2008. Upon successful completion of the provisional period, Morrisville State will be a candidate for full accreditation as a member of the NCAA.

Morrisville State College offers more than 75 bachelor and associate degrees and options. Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine.

The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus offers associate degree programs in accounting, business, computer systems technology, office administration, liberal arts transfer, nursing, early childhood, criminal justice and human services to south central New York residents and employers. Students may also apply coursework to other associate or bachelor degrees at the main campus.