Bob Guzzo returned to the NC State Wrestling Staff as the Director of High School and Alumni Relations in the summer of 2013. He retired from NC State in 2004, after a distinguished 30-year head coaching career with the Wolfpack.
Guzzo amassed a 356-183-7 career caching record, including a 115-50 record in ACC competition. He amassed a 19 match unbeaten streak against ACC competition. When he retired from his post as head coach, he was the second winningest coach in ACC history.
Guzzo won 13 ACC Championships and finished first in the conference’s regular-season standings 12 times/ He finished first in the regular season and/or won the conference tournament 16 times in 30 years. He was named ACC Coach of the Year six times. He had just two losing seasons, and 12 times in his last 25 years, his teams finished in the top-25 in the nation.
In his 30 years in Raleigh, Guzzo coached 86 individual ACC champions, 24 All-Americans, and four national champions. In 1988, Scott Turner won a national title at 150 pounds and was named the Outstanding Wrestler of the NCAA Championships, which is college wrestling’s equivalent of the Heisman Trophy. Matt Reiss won the NCAA crown at 167 as a freshman in 1980, and Tab Thacker bested all heavyweights in 1984. In 1993, Sylvester Terkay concluded a perfect 41-0 season with the NCAA championship at heavyweight.
Two other Guzzo-coached wrestlers were national runners-up. Thirteen of Guzzo’s wrestlers were named Outstanding Wrestler at the ACC Tournament, and one – 1988 national champion Scott Turner – was named Outstanding Wrestler at the NCAA Championship tournament.
Throughout his career, Guzzo was widely respected around the country for his innovations and promotion of college wrestling. In 1981 he coached the East team in the prestigious East-West All-Star Classic in Columbus, Ohio. In Guzzo’s first season at NC State (1974-75), he led the Pack to a 12-5 record and was named the National Rookie Coach of the Year by Amateur Wrestling News.
Guzzo attended East Stroudsburg (Pa.) State University, where he wrestled at 123 pounds. As a junior, the Easton, Pa., native was unbeaten, claimed the Pennsylvania State College championship and earned All-America honors. As a senior, Guzzo won the 1966 NAIA national championship at 123 pounds. He graduated in 1966 with a degree in health and physical education. Prior to coming to NC State, Guzzo coached wrestling and taught physical education for five years at the State University of New York at Canton.
Guzzo lettered in wrestling, football and track at Wilson High School in Easton, twice winning district wrestling championships at 130 pounds. He won 10 varsity letters in all and served as team captain of three sports. Guzzo is married to the former Janis Fish of Easton, Pa. They have two daughters, Gina and Valerie. Guzzo also has a son (Robert) and daughter (Kristi) from a previous marriage.