Meet Carthage’s new wrestling coach Alberto Quiros
Since coming to Carthage in September as men’s and women’s wrestling coach, Alberto Quiros has been thrilled to find a network of colleagues willing to go to the mat for him.
“The support here is unreal,” Coach Quiros says, between Director of Athletics Michelle Manning, fellow coaches, admissions staff, and others. With both wrestling squads slated to begin competition in fall 2020, he’s been busy building them from the ground up. It’s a familiar task for Coach Quiros, who also oversaw the incubation of the men’s and women’s teams at MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Illinois.
Already, Carthage has received roughly 150 inquiries about the men’s program and 60 for the women’s program. Besides the people, Coach Quiros has been impressed by the College’s athletic facilities and its new career development initiative.
“A lot of times (the student-athletes) get caught up in their sports, so it’s good to have that Aspire Program to guide them,” he says.
Earlier this year, an NCAA committee recommended the adoption of women’s wrestling as an emerging sport, clearing a path toward championship status. Carthage is reviving men’s wrestling, which was previously offered from 1962 through 1994. The three additions — those plus women’s bowling — give Carthage a total of 27 varsity sports.
A 2012 graduate of Augustana College, Coach Quiros earned recognition as Most Outstanding Wrestler in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin after winning the conference title at 149 pounds as a senior.
“If Carthage had a wrestling program, I definitely would have considered it,” he says.
6 Facts About Albert Quiros
- Favorite thing about coaching: To see the joy in a lot of my athletes’ facial expressions when they win and accomplish the goal they had in mind.
- Role model: My college coach, Eric Juergens
- Undergraduate majors: Psychology, History
- Favorite meal: Pizza
- Hobbies: Wrestling, Bowling
- Unusual abilities: I have a phenomenal work ethic.