Lennie Zalesky was named the California Baptist University wrestling head coach coach in June 2011. The Lancers have enjoyed tremendous success in NCAA Division II and the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference since they completed their transition in 2013-14. CBU looks to carry that over as it transitions to NCAA Division I in 2018-19.
In seven seasons, Zalesky led CBU to a 62-41-1, 16-7 in RMAC record and four top-three national finishes. He has coached his wrestlers to a total of 30 All-American awards and seven individual national championships, including three at the NCAA level. The Lancers also won a program-best 13 duals in the 2014-15 season.
This past year, the Lancers enjoyed a program-best year in many ways. CBU won the RMAC Championship for the second time, the Super Region IV Championship for the second year in a row and took third at the NCAA Division II Championship. Daxton Gordon became the third Lancer in program history to win an individual championship, winning in overtime at 149-pounds. CBU qualified six grapplers, with four grabbing All-American finishes.
The Lancers have had an impressive debut in the NCAA since joining fully in 2013-14, with Zalesky at the helm. Twenty-five CBU wrestlers have qualified for the NCAA Division II Championships, with 15 of them earning All-American awards and 12 Super Region IV and 13 RMAC titles in five seasons. In all, CBU has gone 47-26-1, 16-7 in the RMAC and defeated Division I opponents four times since joining the NCAA.