Efrain Ayala is entering his third season at the helm of the UW-Oshkosh wrestling program.
In 2014-15, Ayala led the Titans to a fith-place finish at the WIAC Championship and a sixth-place showing at the NCAA Division III West Regional.
In his first season as head coach, in 2013-14, Ayala was named the Rookie Coach of the Year by the National Wrestling Coaches Association after he guided the UW-Oshkosh wrestling team to a 10th-place finish at the 2014 NCAA Division III Championship. It was the Titans’ best showing at the national meet since 1982.
Ayala has coached two Titans to All-WIAC first team laurels and two wrestlers to All-America citations.
Ayala helped Nazar Kulchytskyy win the third of his three consecutive national titles and the second of his consecutive Wrestler of the Year awards from D3Wrestle.com. Dan Schiferl also earned All-America status for his fourth-place finish at the 2014 national championship, marking the first time since 1983 that UW-Oshkosh had two D III All-America wrestlers in the same season.
Ayala also guided Kulchytskyy to the 2014 WIAC Wrestler of the Year award.
In his two years as an assistant, Ayala helped the Titans finish 14th at the 2012 NCAA Division III Championship and 17th in 2013. Kulchytskyy won an individual national title both years.
Before coming to UW-Oshkosh, Ayala spent two years as an assistant wrestling coach and special education paraprofessional in the Kettle Moraine School District.
Ayala has also taught special education at Kennedy Elementary (2009) and was an assistant coach (2008-09) at Saint Peter High School in Minnesota.
Ayala was a Nebraska state champion in high school before wrestling at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln during 2003. He then transferred to Minnesota State University-Mankato and qualified for the 2005 NCAA Division II Tournament.
Ayala received his elementary education degree from MSU-Mankato during 2008.