Maj. Matt Ciccarello will begin his second stint as an assistant wrestling coach for the Academy. In addition to his coaching duties, Ciccarello is the chief of the intercollegiate liaison division and a combatives instructor.
Ciccarello was a four-year varsity letterwinner and starter at USAFA. He was a two-time NCAA qualifier in 1989 and 1991. In 1991, Ciccarello was a Western Athletic Conference (WAC) champion at 142 pounds as well as being a member of the first Air Force Academy team to win an outright WAC championship.
Following his graduation in 1992, Ciccarello spent one season as an assistant wrestling coach. He continued his wrestling career in 1995 as a member of the all-Air Force team, where he was a Bronze medalist in the Inner Service Championships at 163 pounds in Greco Roman.
Ciccarello attended Lakewood St. Edward High School in Ohio and wrestled for coach Howard Ferguson. In his senior season St. Edward won its 10th straight Ohio state title as well as being named national champions for the fifth straight year.
Ciccarello attended undergraduate pilot training at Columbus Air Force Base (Miss.) where he flew the T-37 and T-38 aircrafts. Upon graduation from UPT he was assigned to the 310th Airlift Squadron, Howard Air Force Base, Panama, as a C-27 pilot from 1994-1996. He joins the Academy from Columbus AFB (Miss.), where he was a flight examiner and check flight commander.
Ciccarello resides in Colorado Springs with his wife Dawn. They are both natives of Northern Ohio. They have a daughter Sophia (2) and newborn son Anthony John.