Nick Fornicoia, a wrestling coach at Eastview High School the last 20 years, has been named head coach at Lakeville South.
Fornicoia was co-head coach at Eastview the last two seasons and an assistant coach prior to that. In his time at the school the Lightning won five state academic championships and won 310 dual meets. Eastview was consistently ranked in the top 12 in Class 3A the last three years, and in that time the team sent 14 individuals to the state tournament and had seven place-winners.
He was a state wrestling champion at Richfield High School and an NCAA champion and three-time All-American at Augsburg College. He wrestled on two NCAA championship teams as Augsburg and was an assistant coach of another Auggies team that won a national title.
“Coach Fornicoia’s passion for wrestling and care for student-athletes came through very clearly in his interview process. Coach Fornicoia is an outstanding, highly-regarded leader in the wrestling world who knows the South Suburban Conference well. We are all very excited to see Coach Fornicoia build upon the Lakeville South wrestling culture,” said incoming Lakeville South athletic director Tom Dasovich.
An English and journalism teacher at Eastview, Fornicoia was Minnesota State Journalism Educator of the Year in 2009. Also in 2009, he was named Minnesota Assistant Wrestling Coach of the Year.