Staff
RTC Head Coach
Kendall Cross

Kendall Cross is a two-time Olympian who captured the gold medal for the United States at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta at 57kg. The former three-time All-American and NCAA Champion for Oklahoma State has had tremendous success in freestyle competitions. He is a three time US national champion and the 1997 USA wrestling athlete of the year. Cross was inducted to the National Wrestling Hall of Fame as a distinguished member in 2002. Cross has also had experience coaching collegiately at the University of North Carolina and Harvard University before coming to New York City.

RTC Head Coach
Valentin Kalika

Valentin Kalika, a U.S. Olympic Coach at the 2016 Olympic Games, made history with Helen Maroulis, as she became the first American woman to win an Olympic gold medal in wrestling. He was the Coaches Education Coordinator for Beat the Streets Los Angeles and a coach for the Titan Mercury Wrestling Club. Kalika has led U.S. male and female wrestlers on international tours to more than a dozen countries. He was a Ukrainian national champion and a Soviet Union University champion in Greco-Roman, before later coaching the Ukrainian Junior World Team. Kalika was a national coach and club coach in Israel for three years before moving to the United States, where he continued his coaching career in a variety of roles.

Assistant Coach
Zach Tanelli

Zachary Tanelli is the Andrew F. Barth Head Coach of wrestling at Columbia University. Tanelli started his coaching career at Hofstra University. There he enjoyed a five-year coaching stint from 2009-2014. During his time with the Pride, Tanelli worked his way up the coaching ranks, serving as interim head coach before making the move to Purdue University. He served as an assistant coach at Purdue from 2014-2016 before making his way to New York City. Tanelli was a graduate of Wisconsin University, where he wrestled the first three years for the Badgers at 133 pounds and bumped up to 141 for his senior campaign in 2009. He was a two-time NCAA qualifier at 133 and earned a spot on the 141 podium with a fourth-place finish at NCAA’s his Senior year.

Assistant Coach
Joe Nord

Joe Nord is the David and Michael Barry Assistant Coach of Wrestling at Columbia University. Nord was the volunteer for Columbia wrestling during the 2015-2016 season before becoming an assistant in 2016. Prior to Columbia, Nord spent two years at the University of Minnesota. During his time with the Gophers, Joe helped with the day-to-day operations of the program while also coaching, training and competing himself. Prior to returning to his alma mater, he spent the previous two years as an assistant coach at Gardner-Webb University in North Carolina, where he also obtained his Master's degree in Business Administration. Nord wrestled for the Gophers from 2006-11, competing at both 197 and heavyweight. He was a four-time letter winner and the recipient of the Verne Gagne Scholarship/Leadership Award as a senior.

Assistant Coach
Kyle Massey

Former All-American and Big Ten Finalist Kyle Massey joined the Columbia Wrestling coaching staff as the John Huemer Assistant Coach of Wrestling in July of 2018.

Since October of 2015, Massey has spent time as a coach at the Badger Regional Training Center in Madison, Wisconsin. Massey was a volunteer assistant at the University of Michigan during the 2012-13 season. He got his start in coaching as a Volunteer Assistant wrestling coach and strength coach at Wisconsin from 2010-12.

The former Badger heavyweight was a Resident Athlete at the Cliff Keen Wrestling Club in Ann Arbor from 2013-15, where he competed internationally at 125-kg. In his post-collegiate career, Massey was a silver medalist at the 2013 Guelph Open.

Back at his alma mater, Massey earned an All-American finish at the 2008 NCAA Tournament. He was selected to the NWCA All-Star Classic in the 2008-09 season. Massey completed his collegiate career with an 84-32 record. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Life Science Communications from Wisconsin.

Assistant Coach
Shelton Mack

Mack comes to Columbia after spending the 2018-19 season on the Maryland staff. During the previous season, Mack helped heavyweight Youssif Hemida place third at the 2019 Big Ten Championships. Before joining the Maryland staff, Mack spent three seasons, from 2015-18, at Virginia as a member of the Cavalier staff. Mack's success at Virginia included developing NCAA All-Americans Jack Mueller and George DiCamillo.

During his collegiate career, Mack was a three-time NCAA Qualifier at the University of Pittsburgh. He recorded 84 wins while wrestling at 133 pounds for the Panthers and qualified for the NCAA Championships in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Mack reached 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. At his alma mater, Mack earned his Bachelor's Degree as a double major in Sociology and History. He recently earned his Master's Degree from Liberty University in Sport Mangement: Sport Administration