Lowcountry Area Wrestling
Head Coach: Rob Hjerling
At a glance…
21 years Division 1 Head Coach.
24 years Division 1 coaching experience.
Coached all of the 4 Division 1 All-Americans at the Citadel.
_ # of academic all Americans.
Coached 6? SoCon wrestlers of the year.
2x SoCon coach of the year.
Coached 42 NCAA qualifiers.
93 CAA Champion at 158
93 CAA Outstanding Wrestler
Lowcountry Area Wrestling is proud to have Coach Rob Hjerling on our side of the mat. After 21 years as the head of the Citadel Wrestling program, he is sharing his coaching expertise with Lowcountry middle and high school students.
“After spending so much time at high levels of wrestling, it is nice to get back to where wrestling is still new and exciting. The Lowcountry area needs a place where wrestlers can receive high level training and support and I am excited to be involved in this.”
For Coach Hjerling grappling is a family affair. He grew up wrestling and playing judo. Now his sons are also on the mat.
“Wrestling instills discipline, a hard work ethic and good sportsmanship. These are things I learned as a kid, these are things I want to pass on to my sons. In the same way, I think they are important for all wrestlers and wrestling families.”
Coach Hjerling also believes in the benefits of cross training. In addition to being a collegiate wrestler, he also holds a black belt in judo, and is a national sambo champion.
“Wrestling is a grappling sport. If you look at some of our former Olympians, you will find that most of them cross trained in preparation for competition. At higher levels of competition cross training has become common. Wrestlers need to be able to recognize and respond to a variety of grappling techniques and positions in order to be successful at a higher level.
One piece of advice he would give wrestlers coming into the program:
“Focus on the process. Success comes with attention to detail.”