Joey Dance joined the American University wrestling staff as an assistant coach in September, 2021. Dance came to AU after three years as an assistant coach at Davidson.
In his second season at AU, Dance helped coach sophomore Jack Maida (133 pounds) to a fifth-place finish at the EIWA Championships and a qualifying spot at the NCAA Championships. With Dance’s guidance, Maida has been a placewinner at the EIWA Championships in both years of his career after placing fourth in 2022. The Eagles went from a single dual win in 2021-22 to eight dual wins in 2022-23, and they ranked 15th overall in NCAA Division I team GPA in 2021-22 with five NWCA Scholar All-Americans.
As a two-time All-American at Virginia Tech, Dance posted a career mark of 114-20 and lost just a single ACC bout in four seasons. He was a three-time ACC Champion and qualified for the NCAA Championships all four years of his career. Dance was both a fourth and a fifth-place finisher at the NCAA Championships, and is one of only two 125-pound All-Americans for Virginia Tech. In 2014, he was the ACC Freshman of the year as well as the Midlands Champion, and in 2016 he was the Cliff Keen Champion.
Dance is ranked fourth at VT with a career winning percentage of 85.0, and fifth in single-season dual wins with 18. His 114 career wins rank seventh, as does his NCAA winning percentage of 63.6.