PROVIDENCE, RI – While Jay Albis '19 may have wrapped up his wrestling career on the mat with a second national championship, he will still be a part of the Johnson & Wales University wrestling program. Head coach Lonnie Morris has announced that Albis will join the coaching staff this fall as an assistant.
This March, Albis solidified his place in school history when he won his second-straight NCAA title at 125 pounds. A year early he became the school's first NCAA National Champion in any sport. In addition to his two trophies, Albis is JWU's first three-time All-American.
Named Most Outstanding Wrestler at the 2019 NCAA Championships, Albis finished his career as the Wildcats' all-time leader with 152 wins and a 92.12 winning percentage. As a junior he set the single-season record with 48 victories while leading the country in tech falls. The back-to-back NEWA Wrestler of the Year and the most decorated wrestler in NEWA history, Albis collected a trio of regional championships as well as three-straight All-NEWA selections.
A native of Fishkill, NY, Albis graduated from Johnson & Wales this spring with a 3.02 grade point average in criminal justice. He earned the NWCA Scholar-Athlete award in 2016.