Former two-time All-American wrestler Cyler Sanderson has joined head coach Greg Williams' staff as a volunteer assistant. The former Iowa State Cyclone and Penn State Nittany Lion will coach middleweights at Utah Valley.
"We are very excited to have someone of Cyler's experience working with our guys," Williams said. "He brings a positive energy and winning attitude into our room that will be great for our guys to be exposed to. We are very fortunate to have him with us.
"With his background wrestling for his dad, Steve, at Wasatch HS, and his brothers Cael and Cody at Penn State and Iowa State, he will be able to add training philosophies and various technique options that we welcome here in the UVU wrestling program."
Cyler is the younger brother of current Penn State head coach and former Olympian Cael Sanderson as well as Cody Sanderson, the current associate head coach for the Nittany Lions and UVU's first head wrestling coach. Cyler wrestled three seasons under his older brothers' tutelage at Iowa State before following his brothers to State College to finish out his collegiate career. Cyler is a two-time All-American as he placed seventh at 157-pounds during his sophomore season at ISU (2007-08) and sixth during his senior campaign at PSU (2009-10).
The four-year national qualifier also won titles in the Big Ten and the Big 12 during his tenure and ended his collegiate career with a 114-33 career record with 18 pins, 25 major decisions and seven technical falls.
"This is a great opportunity for me and I'm excited to help build wrestling in the state of Utah," Cyler Sanderson said. "I'm specifically looking forward to helping these wrestlers achieve their goals of becoming national champions at the Division I level. I plan on helping as many of them as I can as well as the program as a whole, and I am really looking forward to working at Utah Valley.”
Cyler hails from Heber City, Utah, where he was a three-time Utah State Champion at Wasatch High School. The new Wolverine coach won a National Junior Championship at 140-pounds and went 163-8 while in high school. He was also a 2005 First-Team Asics All-American and an Amateur Wrestling News Second-Team All-American. Cyler was ranked first in the nation at 140 pounds in 2005 by the National Wrestling Coaches Association and Amateur Wrestling News as he won the National High School Coaches Association Championship that same season.
Cyler received his bachelor of arts degree in fine arts from Penn State University in 2010. Cyler — who recently returned home from serving a mission for the LDS Church in Austria, Germany and Switzerland — is currently continuing his education at UVU in business.
James Warnick is an assistant sports information director at Utah Valley University. For more information about Wolverine athletics, visit www.WolverineGreen.com.