Tony DeCarlo, the founder of the John Carroll wrestling program and the coach of the 1975 NCAA Division III championship team, passed away at home in Cleveland on Wednesday, April 18th. DeCarlo coached the team from its inception in 1963 through the 1987 season. His teams won one NCAA championship and placed second two other times while finishing in the top ten at the NCAA Championships 11 times. He coached 14 NCAA champions and 62 All-Americans in his career.
In 1986, he became athletic director, and in 1987 stepped away from wrestling to take over the football team at John Carroll. He coached the football team until 1998 and remained as athletic director until 2003. Click the link below for John Carroll’s tributed to DeCarlo.