WILLIAMSTOWN, MA — After a year serving as interim head coach of wrestling, Scott Honecker has been elevated to head coach of wrestling at Williams College.
Honecker who served as an assistant at Williams in 2011-12, served interim head coach this past season and led the Ephs to a 12-11 record and a 5th-place ranking in New England. He coached three Eph wrestler to the Div. III national championship meet, where two were named All-America, the Ephs placed 24th and Honecker was named NCAA Div. III Rookie Coach of the Year.
"I would like to thank (athletic director) Lisa Melendy for the opportunity to continue to lead this group of outstanding young men," Honecker said. "I am excited to grow and strengthen the relationships formed here during my time as interim head coach. The mission of creating great citizens while developing champions on the mat has not changed, and the coaching staff as well as the student-athletes are dedicated towards that goal."
After wrestling at Ithaca College, Honecker accepted an assistant coaching position at J.H. Rose High School in 2005 while he completed his degree at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. In 2006, Honecker was elevated to Head Wrestling Coach where his program experienced unprecedented success. Throughout the course of his in career in Greenville, Honecker's teams achieved over 100 dual meet victories in 5 seasons.
In 2007, Honecker founded the Greenville Wrestling Club, which grew to become one of the largest clubs in the Southeast and competed on a national level. Five consecutive years (2007-11), the Greenville Wrestling Club won the North Carolina state championship.
Along with coaching the Greenville Wrestling Club, Honecker was selected as a Head Coach for the North Carolina USA Wrestling Team.
USA Wrestling named Honecker the 2009 North Carolina State Coach of the Year.
In 2010, Honecker was honored as the USA Wrestling Southeast Junior Developmental Coach of the Year. The Southeast Region of USA Wrestling covers nine states.
During his six years in North Carolina Honecker was a member of the Cadet/Junior National Coaching Staff and served as an Executive Board Member for North Carolina USA Wrestling.
"After a national search and a strong applicant pool was sorted through and interviewed, it was clear that Scott was the best fit for the job," Melendy said. "Scott brings with him a strong and varied background in wrestling and teaching that has served him well at his time at Williams. He is well connected at all levels of wrestling, club, high school, and college. What impressed the committee the most was his evident passion for the sport of wrestling and for his wrestlers."
Honecker earned his Bachelor of Science degree from East Carolina University in 2010 in elementary education.
Honecker and his wife Kareen and daughter Samantha reside in Williamstown.