Hired in September of 2008, Greg Ilaria enters his eighth season as the Head Wrestling Coach at the United States Merchant Marine Academy. Under Ilaria the Mariners have posted a 39 -9 Dual meet record, won three Centennial Conference Championships, finished fourth twice at the All-Academy Championships, and placed eighth and 11th in the Division III NCAA Championships. At USMMA, Ilaria has coached 16 NCAA qualifiers, five All-Americans, and two National Champions. Ilaria was named the NWCA Rookie coach of the year in 2009, Centennial Conference Coach of the Year in 2011, and graduated from the National Wrestling Coaches Association Leadership Academy in 2010.
Ilaria came to the Academy after spending three seasons as a Teaching Fellow/Graduate Assistant Coach at Springfield College. In his three years at Springfield College Ilaria coached three All-Americans, six National Qualifiers, and seven Academic All-Americans. Ilaria also provided Sport Psychology workshops, Athletic Counseling, mental skills training, and academic mentoring for student-athletes at Springfield College.
Before coaching at Springfield College, Ilaria was the assistant wrestling coach at St. Peter's Prep High School in Jersey City, NJ.
Ilaria’s collegiate wrestling career began at Seton Hall University where he was a two-year varsity wrestler. In 2001, Ilaria transferred to The College of New Jersey where he was a team captain, and a two-time NCAA All-American.
Ilaria received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the College of New Jersey in 2004 and a Master of Science degree in Psychology from Springfield College in 2008.
Ilaria is a native of Belleville, NJ and currently resides in Long Beach, NY.