Alfred State athletic director and former Springfield College coach Daryl Arroyo will be inducted into the National Wrestling Coaches Association DIII Hall of Fame this weekend at a ceremony in conjunction with the 2012 DIII National Championships in LaCrosse, WI.
Arroyo began his duties as athletic director at Alfred State in the summer of 2011 after a 21-year career on the mat at Springfield. Under his tutelage, the Springfield College wrestling program posted a 303-163-6 overall dual-meet record, good for an outstanding .643 winning percentage. Arroyo coached 27 NCAA All-Americans, 69 national qualifiers, 54 Scholar All-Americans, and 45 conference champions. His final squad won the New England Wrestling Association championship in 2011. It was Springfield’s 10th NEWA title since and including the 1996-97 season.
Arroyo earned his bachelor’s degree in health fitness and was a Springfield College wrestling captain in 1984. A three-time national qualifier, Arroyo placed sixth in the 118-pound weight class at the 1984 NCAA Division II Championships and earned All-America honors.
Prior to joining the Springfield College staff, Arroyo was an assistant wrestling coach at California State Fullerton and Central Connecticut State University (CCSU). He received his master’s degree from Fullerton in 1988 and his Ph.D. in sports psychology from the University of Connecticut in 1996.