In late September the Muhlenberg Wrestling program found out shocking news when their head coach, Shaun Lally made the decision to resign from his position. Nearly three weeks later, it was announced that Muhlenberg has found their new head coach, Jason McLean. Mclean is a Muhlenberg graduate from the class of 2001 and is one of the most decorated Muhlenberg wrestlers in program history.
During his career at Muhlenberg, McLean was amongst the best wrestlers in the Centennial Conference and earned both All-Centennial Conference and All-America honors. Mclean was the first Muhlenberg wrestler to earn All-America honors and finished his career with a tremendous record of 71-31. Since graduating from Muhlenberg, McLean has held several coaching roles in many sports including wrestling, football and track and field. One of his most notable coaching achievements comes 11 years ago when Mclean brought back the wrestling program at New Brunswick High School, after a 25 year hiatus. Since bringing back the program at New Brunswick, the wrestling team has had members qualify for both the regional and sectional state tournaments.
Mclean is now looking to bring his coaching and winning experience to an up and coming Muhlenberg squad that has a deep roster that is looking to build on their growth from last season. McLean will make his head coaching debut for the Mules on Nov. 4 at the Monarch Invitational hosted by King’s College, the Mules opening tournament for the 2017-2018 season. Despite hiring a new head coach just a couple of weeks before the season, the Muhlenberg team has been preparing for this season under the leadership of assistant coaches Andrew Drake, Sonnieboy Blanco and Nick Sanko. Drake commended Lally for “preparing both the student-athletes and our staff over the past three seasons with a consistent structure.”
As the Muhlenberg Wrestling program enters the Jason Mclean era, the team is looking forward competing at the highest level and continue to progress from a successful season a year ago under the helm of a Muhlenberg alum.