CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Queens University of Charlotte Head Wrestling Coach Ken Chertow has announced his coaching staff for the Royals’ inaugural season of competition. Chertow welcomes Rob Tate, Frank Arado, Tom Trieloff, and Alex Ventura.
Tate, who joined Queens in the spring of 2017 shortly after the program was launched, most recently served as an assistant coach at Charlotte Country Day School for two years. During that time he helped to coach one National Prep Tournament qualifier, one state champion, and three additional state place-winners.
Prior to his work with Country Day, Tate returned to his alma-mater Gardner-Webb University where he worked from 2012-2014 and helped two athletes qualify for the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. From 2009-2011, Tate worked with East Gaston High School as an assistant coach helping the warriors produce two state champions and three additional placers. He also oversaw the team at Stanly Middle School as the head coach during the 2011 season.
In his collegiate career at Gardner-Webb, Tate was an NCAA Division I Tournament qualifier, East Regional Champion and two-time finalist, and East Region Wrestler of the Week on several occasions. He was also named the Outstanding Wrestler of the Pembroke Classic in 2007.
At East Gaston High School, Tate was a two-time All-American at Junior Nationals where he placed fourth in Greco-Roman and sixth in Freestyle. He was also a state placer his sophomore year, a state champion as a junior, and the state runner-up his senior year. Throughout high school he was on three state tournament championship teams, two state dual runner-up teams, and one state tournament runner-up team. Tate’s overall high school record of 211-28 still ranks him in the top 10 of career victories in the state of North Carolina.
“When Queens hired me, Coach Tate was one of the first people to reach out to me offering to assist with our program,” said Chertow. “Coach Tate has worked hard along with me to lay the foundation for our program. He loves to wrestle and his two decades of commitment to our sport enable him to share a wide variety of valuable techniques with our student-athletes. In addition to folkstyle technique, Coach Tate coaches and officiates Olympic Style Wrestling in the spring and summer, helping athletes excel in freestyle and Greco.”
Arado was an All-American wrestler at the University of Chicago where he graduated with an MBA. He also holds a law degree from the University of Illinois. Arado currently coaches at CORE Wrestling, a local youth program; is a practicing attorney, and is on the Board of Advisors at the McColl School of Business.
Trieloff was an Academic All-American at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. After graduation, Trieloff served as a medic in the United States Army, coached for three years at his alma mater, and served as a long time-counselor at Chertow’s camps. He is also a successful local businessman and serves on the Board of Directors for the Charlotte chapter of the Wrestlers in Business Network.
Ventura was a two-time Colorado state place-winner and in college a Gardner Webb University Scholar-Athlete. Ventura is now a Vice President of a major banking corporation.
“One of the keys to success is surrounding yourself and your students with good people and quality training partners, so we have rounded out our coaching staff with Frank Arado, Alex Ventura, and Tom Trieloff,” said Chertow. “We have five coaches that range in size from lightweight to heavyweight, providing all of our students with consistent, high-quality personalized instruction.”
The Royals have opened their first season of competition with victories in three dual meets. Queens returns to the mat on Thursday, Jan. 11, in a tri-meet versus the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, and Spartanburg Methodist College, in Pembroke, North Carolina.