Steve Garland (Col ’00) assumed that a college education was out of reach for a guy like him. Then he qualified for financial aid at UVA and never looked back. Named ACC Wrestler of the Year in 2000, he is now UVA’s head wrestling coach.
As a recruiter, Steve sees a lot of wrestlers with the brains and brawn to excel at UVA, but who lack the financial resources. That’s why he always goes to the mat to make sure his guys have opportunities to win—in the wrestling room and the classroom.
When I say, ‘Guys, this is what UVA can do for you,’ the look of gratitude on their faces—that’s something you never forget.