Drew Headlee is entering his fourth season with the Pitt wrestling program.
In just two seasons, Headlee helped the team to four consecutive top-25 finishes in the finals standings, with twelve wrestlers qualifying for the NCAA Championships.
Headlee, a 2008 Pitt graduate, came to Pitt after a two-year stint at Lehigh University as a volunteer assistant. There he worked alongside former Pitt wrestler Pat Santoro, who was a two-time National Champion and four-year All-American.
Headlee primarily assisted with the lightweights and was responsible for developing a trio of All-Americans in Darian Cruz (125), Mason Beckman (133) and Mitch Minotti (149). Under Headlee's guidance, Cruz became Lehigh's first true freshman All-American in 34 years.
In addition to serving on the Mountain Hawks coaching staff, he was also a member of the Lehigh Valley Athletic Club, both coaching and competing on a national and international level.
Prior to arriving at Lehigh, Headlee spent the past four years training and competing around the world. Headlee trained at the North Carolina Regional Training Center in Chapel Hill from 2010-12 and before that worked at West Virginia's Regional Training Center.
His competitions have taken him to at least eight countries, including Russia, Belarus and Cuba.
Some of Headlee's top finishes over the past years since departing Pitt include a silver medal at the 2013 Pan American Games and placing at the US Open Nationals in five of the last six years. From 2008-11, he was in the top-seven each year at the US Open, highlighted by fifth-place finishes in 2010 and 2011.
Headlee's most notable achievement, however, may be winning the final Olympic Trials Qualifying Tournament in 2012 with a 4-0 mark while racking up wins against three former All-Americans. The Western, Pa. native also has third-place finishes to his name at the 2010 Sunkis and 2011 Cerro Pelado International events and a runner-up finish at the 2009 NYAC International.
At Pitt, Headlee was a four- year letterwinner and three-year captain under Peters' predecessor, Rande Stottlemyer. A three-time NCAA qualifier and two-time Eastern Wrestling League champion, Headlee garnered All-American status as a sophomore in 2005 at 133. He narrowly missed another All-American award, falling in the round of 12 three years later as a senior.
Throughout his college career, Headlee won numerous events, including the Mat Town Invitational at 125 (2004), the 2006 Body Bar Invitational at Cornell at 133 and was also a University National Freestyle Champion.
Headlee earned a bachelor of science in architectural studies from Pittsburgh in 2008.
A standout wrestler in high school before arriving at Pitt, Headlee lettered all four years at nearby Waynesburg Central High School. Headlee finished with a career record of 137-28, was a four-time top-four WPIAL finisher and three-time Pennsylvania state qualifier, capturing a AAA state title in 2002.