Nick Brascetta had graduated and was looking for a niche where he could start a coaching career.
The three-time All-America wrestler from Virginia Tech had offers but was seeking something that would fit with girlfriend Ashley's plans.
The couple had visited Chattanooga — her brother lives here — and her plans to become a dental hygienist fit well at Chattanooga State. They also love the outdoors and found similarities between Blacksburg, Va., which had been their home the last several years, and Chattanooga.
"It's just the way the cards fell," Brascetta said. "She had applied to schools, one of which was in Chattanooga. That was good, but I didn't have a connection here, and then Dave Hoffman interviewed here and was hired. I was fortunate to be on the good side of things."
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling coach Heath Eslinger had just hired Hoffman, one of Brascetta's coaches the last four seasons, as an assistant. One thing led to another and Brascetta has joined UTC's staff as coordinator of student-athletes development. He also is a member of the Mocs' regional training center, which is set up through and accredited by USA Wrestling.