Assistant coach Joe Baranik begins his second year with Gray Simons and the Monarchs. Baranik, a native of Altoona, PA, had a standout career at Lock Haven University, finishing as a conference place-winner twice before graduating and moving on to Slippery Rock University. While at SRU, Baranik served as assistant coach during the 1983 season and followed that up by becoming the head coach at Mercer HS (PA) from 1984-87. After coaching at the University of Virginia and then Maury HS (VA) from 1988-1990, Baranik moved on to the United States Military Academy (West Point), where he served as an assistant coach and helped produce one of the top recruiting classes in the country during his stay.
Most recently, Baranik served as the head coach at Hollidaysburg HS (PA) from 1993-1999, where he coached four regional champions, one state champion and one state finalist. Baranik has also served as the Assistant Scholastic Director of the National Wrestling Coaching Association for the past three years.