Davidson College - Wrestling Camps

Andy Lausier — Head Coach

Andy Lausier became the 12th head coach of Davidson wrestling in April of 2017.

Lausier joins the Wildcats after serving four years as head coach at Sacred Heart University. While at SHU, Lausier coached four Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) grapplers onto the podium including that highest placed wrestler in program history. Lausier compiled a top-25 ranked recruiting class in 2013.

Lausier not only guided the Pioneers on the mat, but in the classroom. SHU was twice named a National Wrestling Coaches Association All-Academic team, ranking second nationally in 2016 and seventh in 2017.

While in Fairfield, he also engineered a nationally recognized fundraising effort that included The March To MSG, where he ran from campus to Madison Square Garden, covering 62 miles in three days. Lausier ramped it up with his next feat, Spinning to St. Louis, where he biked 1,100 miles in seven days from the SHU campus to the Scottrade Center. In doing so, Lausier raised over $150,000.

Prior to SHU, Lausier served as the head assistant at Princeton University for four seasons and proved to be an instrumental piece in rebuilding the Tiger wrestling program.

While at Princeton, Lausier helped compile a nationally ranked recruiting class and coached six EIWA place-winners including a league finalist and two-time NCAA qualifier.

Lausier began his coaching career at Stevens Technical Institute where he built the program from the ground up as the school’s first head coach. He saw immediate results as the Ducks competed in three consecutive NCAA Tournament’s in the first three campaigns. For his efforts, Lausier was named the Centennial Conference Rookie Coach of the Year. Under Lausier, the Ducks boasted a Centennial Conference Wrestler of the Year, a pair of Scholar All-Americans, and reached as high as seventh in the NWCA All-Academic team rankings.

A 2001 graduate of Lycoming College, Lausier was inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009. Lausier was a three-time NCAA qualifier and earned All-America status in 2000 at 197-pounds.

Joey Dance — Assistant Coach

Joey Dance enters his first season as assistant coach of the Davidson wrestling program in 2018-19.

Dance, a 2017 graduate of Virginia Tech, was a two-time All-American at 125 pounds for the Hokies. The Christiansburg, Va., native was a three-time Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Champion and qualified for the NCAA Championship all four years in Blacksburg. He posted a career mark of 114-20 with 13 pins and lost just one ACC bout in four seasons (20-1).

Since his graduation, Dance has competed at the Chicago Regional Training Center (CRTC) in national and international competitions. He also helped instruct fellow CRTC athletes by demonstrating technique and prepping them for competition. Dance started Push Wrestling to help organize and market clinics for local elementary, middle and high school-aged kids.

 

 

Chad Walsh — Assistant Coach

Chad Walsh enters his first season on the Davidson Wrestling staff in 2019-20.

Walsh, a 2017 graduate of Rider University, was a two-time All-American for the Broncs, earning qualification to the NCAA Championship all four seasons. The Cherry Hill, N.J., native is one of the most decorated grapplers in Rider history, earning a pair of EWL Wrestler of the Year honors and the Rider Male Athlete of the Year. Walsh was a three-time EWL Champion.

Following his stellar career on the mat, Walsh joined the Broncs coaching staff last season as an assistant. In under a year on the coaching side of things, Walsh helped guide three wrestlers to NCAA Tournament berths at 165, 174 and 197 pounds. The Broncs also placed second at the EWL Tournament during his lone season on staff.

He earned his bachelor of arts degree in sociology and a masters in athletic leadership in 2018 while garnering Academic All-America recognition for four years.

Tim Stroud — Director of Operations

Stroud is in his eighth­ season as an assistant coach with Davidson College wrestling. Helping primarily with the conditioning of the Wildcat wrestlers, Stroud is a local wrestling product who began competing in high school at North Mecklenburg.

He graduated from Furman University in 1978 where he was a four-year starter and a team captain during his final campaign. Prior to coming to Davidson, Stroud served 20 years in the Army as a Field Artillery Officer and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1998.

He now serves as the Assistant Director for Operations at the Knobloch Campus Center at Davidson.