Erkin Tadzhimetov enters his sixth season as an assistant coach for the Wolverines in 2013-14 and his second as the associate head coach.
Since Utah Valley became eligible for postseason competition at the Division I level (July 2009), Tadzhimetov has helped at least one wrestler qualify for the NCAA Championships every year. This past season (2012-13), Tadzhimetov helped guide three grapplers to Nationals, which matched a program best.
Tadzhimetov returns to UVU as an assistant coach after wrestling for Utah Valley from 2003-06. He tallied an overall record of 48 wins and 16 losses during his two seasons competing at 133 pounds.
During his tenure at Utah Valley, Tadzhimetov's 48 career victories made him the all-time wins leader at that time. His 48 victories now place him sixth on the UVU all-time leader board. In his senior season (05-06) he collected 30 wins, which currently places him fourth in single-season victories at UVU.
Prior to wrestling at UVU, Tadzhimetov wrestled for Colby Community College in Colby, Kansas for two seasons. While at Colby CC he was a NJCAA runner-up in 2003.
Tadzhimetov grew up in Tashkent, Uzbekistan where he prepped at the Olympic Sport School. He was a nine-time National Champion and a three-time World Junior Placer.
Tadzhimetov recieved his degree in Behavioral Science with an emphasis in Socialogy from Utah Valley University in 2007.
He and his wife, Lola, and their daughter Leyla reside in Orem.
Wrestling Career At Utah Valley ...
SENIOR ~ (2005): Finished his senior season for Utah Valley going 30-8, while competing at 133 pounds, making him the Wolverines single-season win leader with 30 (at that time, now Ben Kjar holds the current record with 39) ... is also the Wolverines' D-I career win leader with 48 as in his two seasons at UVU he posted a 48-16 overall record.
REDSHIRTED ~ (2004): Redshirted the 2004-05 season.
JUNIOR ~ (2003): Finished the 2003-04 season with an 18-8 record, the best win-loss total on the team ... he won two matches by fall, two by technical fall and two by major decision ... won seven straight matches during December of 2003 ... was 5-2 at the Las Vegas Invitational in December of 2003 ... pinned Garrett Eller of the Colorado School of Mines in a school record 38 seconds on January 17, 2004.
Before Utah Valley ...
Prepped at Olympic Sport School ... was a nine-time National champion ... three-time world junior placer ... was NJCAA runner up at Colby Community College in Kansas in 2003.
Born August 28, 1980 ... graduated from Olympic Sport School in Tashkent, Uzbekistan with a 3.0 GPA ... majoring in physical education ... attended Colby Community College ... parents are Mirza Tadzhimetov and Adilova Shafoat ... married Lola Juldaseva on November 10, 2004 in Utah.