Scholastic Program Coaches

ALL coaches have USA Wrestling Coaches Cards and the associated mandatory background screening. We always welcome parent or community volunteers – please contact Tommy Mello to inquire how to get involved.

CWC Scholastic Program Director

Tommy Mello

Tommy MelloTommy grew up in a small town south of Boston.  He was a MA state champion that wrestled for the division 1 collegiate program at Drexel University in Philadelphia PA.  He earned a mechanical engineering degree and now owns an engineering company (Sim Specialists LLC.).  He has spent most of his life on a mat wrestling or coaching and is excited to share the lessons that he’s learned from those experiences.

CWC Scholastic Coaches from the RTC

Steve Garland

steve-garlandSteve Garland is the current Head Wrestling Coach at The University of Virginia. Coach Garland had been the head coach for the past ten seasons. His teams won the ACC tournament championship in 2010 and 2015. In 2010 he was named the ACC Coach of the Year. Garland started his coaching career in 2000 at Cornell University, where he was named the  2006 Nwca national assistant coach of the year. As a student athlete at The University of Virginia he was a 2000 NCAA All American (2nd), was named the 2000 ACC Wrestler of the Year and won an ACC individual championship in 1997.

Shelton Mack

Shelton Mack is serving as a volunteer assistant coach for the UVa wrestling program and a CWC-RTC resident athlete.  he qualified for the NCAA Championships in 202, 2013, and 2014, reaching the round of 12 in 2012 before falling one win shy of All-american status.  He earned a career-best 26 wins during his senior season and went 2-2 at the NCAA Championships, where he took eventual national champion Tony Ramos of Iowa down to the wire before narrowly falling 3-1.  Mack finished third at 133 at the ACC Championships in Pitt’s first year in the ACC in 2014 after recording back-to-back runner-up finishes at the EWL Championships in 2012 and 2013. A native of Meadville, Pa., where he attended Meadville Area High School, Mack graduated from Pitt in 2014 after double majoring in sociology and history.

Frank Perrelli

FrankFrank is a 2012 graduate of Cornell University.  In collegiate wrestling Frank was the 2011, 2012 EIWA Champion and NCAA All-American taking 4th place in the 2012 NCAA National Championships.  Frank is also an accomplished freestyle wrestler, with the following accomplishments:  2010 University National Champion, 2011 U.S. National 5th place, 2012 Olympic Trials Qualifier, 2012 Canada Cup Champion, 2013 Cerro Palado 3rd place, 2013 U.S. National Runner Up, 2013 Stepan Sarkissian 5th Place, 2013 Dmitry Korkim 5th Place, and 2015 Alexander Medved 5th Place.

Mark Ellis 


Mark Ellis is in his first season as an assistant coach with the Virginia wrestling program. Ellis comes to the Cavaliers after most recently serving as an assistant coach at Grand Canyon University for the 2014-15 season. Prior to his stint at Grand Canyon, Ellis served as an assistant coach at Chattanooga where he helped guide the Mocs into the top 20 of the national rankings during the 2013-14 season. Chattanooga won the Southern Conference Championship that season and sent five wrestlers to the NCAA Championships. A two-time All-American at Missouri, Ellis claimed the 2009 NCAA Championship after entering the championships as the second-seeded wrestler at heavyweight.

Volunteer Coaches

James Burns

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An alum of the United States Air Force Academy (BS) and the University of Virginia (MS, PhD). Professionally, served 8 years in the US Air Force as a Structural Engineering for the C-130 airframe and a Developmental Engineer at the Air Force Research Laboratory. Currently an Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Virginia. Athletically, was a letterman in football, baseball, and basketball at Chantilly High School (VA) and was a starting fullback at the United States Air Force Academy, earning Academic All-Mountain West Conference honors. Currently resides in Crozet, VA with his wife (Fotini) and two sons (Jameson and McNamara).

John Davidson


John has been involved in wrestling as an athlete, a coach, and a fan for over 30 years.  He has been coaching with CWC as a coach since 2010.  John runs a law firm in downtown Charlottesville and is on the faculty of the University of Virginia Law School.



Jim Harshaw

Coach Harshaw wrestled at UVA where he was a 3x ACC Champion and an NCAA All American.   Harshaw was also a 2x ACC Scholar Athlete and an Academic All-American.  He currently stands in the top 5 on UVA’s Career Wins, Season Wins, Matches Competed (Career & Season), Pins (Career & Season).  After college he served as the assistant coach at UVA for two seasons before taking over as head coach at Slippery Rock University in PA.  He returned to Charlottesville in 2004 to head up the Cavalier Wrestling Club.  He works for the Virginia Athletics Foundation at UVa. He is married to Ali Harshaw and they have four children: Jesse, Wyatt, Elliana and Isla.

Not Pictured:

James Clark

Ryan Gumlock

Chris Wiles

Thank you also to our numerous parent volunteers!!!