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Randall Diabe
Randall Diabe, an Appalachian State has been either a coach or a wrestler for the Mountaineers for the last 10 years.
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Appalachian State Promotes Diabe As Assistant Coach for Wrestling

Randall Diabe has been promoted to head assistant coach for App State Wrestling, head coach JohnMark Bentley announced Wednesday.

The 2024-25 season will be Diabe’s sixth year as a coach on Bentley’s staff and his 10th consecutive year with the Mountaineers’ wrestling program.

“I’m so happy to promote Randall to head assistant,” Bentley said. “Randall bleeds Black & Gold and has poured a ton of energy into our program for a number of years! He continues to grow and mature each year, and he is very deserving of the title.”

A two-time NCAA Championships qualifier as a wrestler for the Mountaineers from 2015-19, Diabe worked as a volunteer assistant during the 2019-20 season and became a full-time assistant the following year. He helped App State finish the 2023-24 season with a second straight top-25 dual team ranking (at No. 24), repeat as SoCon Championship tournament winners, send five wrestlers to the NCAA Championships and post three top-16 individual finishes.

Since Diabe graduated from App State and transitioned to coaching, the Mountaineers have won two SoCon regular-season titles and two SoCon Championship tournament titles while producing a 35-3 record in SoCon duals and 29 qualifiers for the NCAA Championships. Going back to his freshman year in 2015-16, App State’s record of 60-5 in SoCon duals ranks as one of the best league records in Division I wrestling.

Working closely with wrestlers from the heavier weights, Diabe helped true freshman Tomas Brooker develop throughout his first season at 184 pounds in 2023-24 and win a SoCon Championship tournament title over a three-time league champion.

A product of Dudley High School in Greensboro, Diabe finished his competitive career in 2019 with a 77-48 record after being named All-Southern Conference at 197 pounds and earning another NCAA berth thanks to his title at the SoCon tournament in Boone.

{Information provided by Appalachian State}