Former Indiana wrestling All-American Pat DeGain is in his fifth year as an assistant coach for the Cream and Crimson. Prior to returning to his alma mater, DeGain spent two years as an assistant at the University of Virginia.
DeGain, who finished third in the heavyweight division at the 2005 NCAA Championships, works with the upper weight divisions and assists in recruiting for the Hoosiers.
Since DeGain's arrival to Bloomington, Indiana has seen an increased level of performance in the higher weights. Last season, IU was represented on the All-American stand twice in the upper-weights as DeGain's tandem of Ricky Alcala (285 lbs) and Matt Powless (197 lbs) placed fifth and eighth, respectively, at the NCAA Championships.
The 2009-10 season saw IU's heaviest three weight classes take huge strides under the guidance of DeGain. Most impressive was heavyweight Nate Everhart, who climbed as high as No. 2 in the national rankings and concluded his senior season with a 38-3 record. Powless (197 lbs.) and Eric Cameron (184 lbs.) also showed substantial improvement in 2010, each advancing to the NCAAs and picking up wins over nationally-ranked foes.
In 2009, DeGain helped Everhart and Cameron advance to the NCAAs while doing the same in 2008 with Joe Fagiano and Everhart. The 174-pound Trevor Perry made a run to the round of 12 at the 2009 nationals under the tutelage of DeGain.
DeGain's recruiting prowess is evidenced in the Hoosiers acquisition of the No. 23 recruiting class in the country for 2009; followed by the seventh-ranked class last season.
Virginia posted a 19-15 record in DeGain's two seasons as an assistant after going 5-13 the year prior to his arrival.
DeGain was a strong recruiter for the Cavaliers as well, helping them land back-to-back top 25 recruiting classes in Charlottesville, Va.
DeGain graduated from Indiana in 2005 after finishing his career with a 115-31 overall record over his four seasons. As a senior, DeGain finished the year 35-6 and placed third at the NCAA Championships to seal an All-American season. He ended his career ranked fifth on Indiana's all-time career wins list with 115 and became the third IU wrestler to capture a Midlands title. He also took second at the Big Ten Championships in 2005.
As a junior, DeGain finished 28-8 on the season. His 28 victories were good for fourth on the team as he also went 17-3 in dual action that year. Of his 28 wins, nine victories were by fall, six were major decisions and one win was by technical fall. He turned in a first-place showing at the Northern Iowa Open and also qualified for the NCAA Championships after a third place finish at the Big Ten Championships.
As a sophomore, DeGain posted an 18-match undefeated streak. For the season, DeGain compiled an overall record of 29-7 on the year with a 20-4 dual meet record.
In his debut season, the Clarkston, Mich., native was ranked as high as fifth in the nation during the season. DeGain finished the year with a 23-11 record and a 6-2 mark in the Big Ten. He came up just short of All-American status at the NCAA Championship after posting a 3-2 record at Nationals.
DeGain and his wife, Nicole, reside in Bloomington with their daughter, Noel.