After serving the program for seven seasons as an assistant coach, Chris Skretkowicz, a two-time All-American and three-time Colonial Athletic Association champion while at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., became the 15th head coach of the VMI wrestling program in April 2014 after serving as the interim head coach for the 2013-14 academic year.
In his second season as head coach for the 2015-16 campaign, Skretkowicz coached freshman Neal Richards to the NCAA Championships, the first of his tenure as Richards was the first Keydet since Josh Wine qualified for the event in 2011. The Keydets also doubled their point total from the 2015 SoCon Championships with 27 this season. He also coached junior Dalton Henderson (125 lbs.) to an individual title at the All-Academy Championshiops hosted by VMI on Jan. 30, 2016.
Skretkowicz led the Keydets to six dual wins in 2014-15, the most since VMI tallied five wins in the 2011-12 season. Shabaka Johns (165) placed second at the SoCon championships after finishing 24-11 for the year, while heavyweight Juan Adams won the All-Academy Championships for his class and was ranked at the end of the season.
The last two wrestlers to win Southern Conference titles and matches at the NCAA Championships were pupils under his tutelage (Corry Murray in 2007 and Josh Wine in 2008, 2009 and 2011).
Skretkowicz brings a prestigious wrestling background to the Institute, placing sixth at the NCAA tournament in 2003 and fifth in 2004. His 140-24 career record was accompanied by a perfect 26-0 mark against CAA opponents in his four years in the league. He qualified for the NCAA Championships each of his four seasons, and continues to help train Keydet wrestlers to do the same.
A 2005 graduate of Hofstra, Skretkowicz earned CAA Tournament Outstanding Wrestler honors as a senior, along with CAA Rookie of the Year honors as a freshman. Among individual tournaments, Skretkowicz was a three-time placewinner at The Midlands, while also capturing the 197 pound championship at the 2004 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational.
Skretkowicz remains active on the mat, as he took part in the U.S. Open in April of 2010 and placed 7th in the freestyle competition and 8th in the Greco Roman division in the 96kg weight class.
Following his graduation, Skretkowicz worked as an assistant coach at his former high school, Wallkill Valley Regional (N.J.). While competing there, Skretkowicz was a three-time State Placewinner, including a State Champion his junior year and a six-time Wrestling All-American, while competing in Greco, Freestyle and Folkstyle.
Skretkowicz resides in Lexington with his wife, Megan, two sons and two dogs.