Andy Hrovat begins his first season as the Wolverines' volunteer coach after serving six years on staff in a multitude of positions, including strength and conditioning coordinator and director of wrestling operations.
Over the last six years, since his graduation from Michigan, Hrovat has thrived on the international scene, most recently representing the United States in the 84 kg/185-pound freestyle division at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Hrovat also competed at the 2006 World Championships and has earned medals at the New York Athletic Club Holiday International Open (gold, 2005, '06), Henri Deglane Challange (gold, 2005, '07), Ivan Yarygin International (bronze, 2007), Pan American Games (silver, 2007), Poland Open (silver, 2006) and Dave Schultz Memorial International (silver, 2005). While in college, Hrovat was a two-time University Nationals champion (2001, '02), earning outstanding freestyle wrestler honors in his second appearance, and placed fourth at the 2000 University World Championships.
As a Wolverine wrestler (1999-2002), Hrovat was a three-time NCAA All-American at 184 pounds, placing as high as fourth while becoming the first U-M true freshman to claim a top-eight finish at the national event in 14 years. He served as team captain during his senior campaign -- the same year he carried the nation's No. 1 ranking into the postseason -- and contributed to Michigan's back-to-back top-10 NCAA finishes in his final two seasons. Hrovat's collegiate record of 132-39 still ranks among the best in Wolverine program history.
Originally from Gates Mills, Ohio, Hrovat was a two-time state champion and three-time finalist at St. Edward High school, where he was a teammate of fellow Wolverines Mike Kulczycki and Ryan Bertin. Hrovat earned his bachelor's degree from Michigan in 2002. He currently lives in Ann Arbor.