John Stutzman is adding some MAC seasoning to his coaching staff at University at Buffalo.
Stutzman, a 1998 UB grad who took the head coaching job at his alma mater in May, has hired Quincy Osborn and Bryce Hasseman – both with Mid-American Conference experience – as assistant wrestling coaches, the Buffalo, N.Y.-based school announced Monday.
Osborn comes to the Bulls as an assistant coach at Buffalo’s MAC rival Ohio University, while Hasseman wrestled at Northern Illinois University, also a MAC school.
Stutzman, who had been head coach at Bloomsburg University for eight seasons, seeks to transform the Buffalo Bulls wrestling program which had struggled in recent years.
“We want to be a blue-collar team, we’re going to get our guys in great shape and create a style of wrestling that will be fun to watch,” Stutzman said about his hopes for the team under the new coaching staff.
To that end, Stutzman added, “We’re going to live what I like to call a ‘Championship Lifestyle.’ And these two guys are going to help me achieve that.”
“Quincy is going to be our recruiting coordinator,” Stutzman said. “He’s going to beat the bushes. He’s a high-energy guy and he’s very persistent. When I was at Bloomsburg and we would wrestle against Ohio, I always watched his demeanor with his guys and his energy level and I knew that he would be one of the first people I would reach out to when I got to Buffalo.”
Osborn recently finished his fourth year as an assistant at Ohio. He not only helped the Bobcats recruit two top 25 ranked recruiting classes, but also worked directly with NCAA All-American Germane Lindsey. Prior to joining the staff at the MAC school located in Athens, Ohio in 2009, Osborn had been on the coaching staff at Minneapolis-based Augsburg College for two years after having wrestled at the school for two seasons.
As a wrestler, Osborn started his collegiate wrestling career at the University of Minnesota, where he was a two-time qualifier for the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. After two years with the Gophers, Osborn headed cross-town to Augsburg, where he became the 2007 NCAA Division III National Champion at 141 pounds, leading the Auggies to the national team title.
Hasseman and Stutzman have known each other for more than a decade, having met at Northern Illinois, where Hasseman was a wrestler and Stutzman, an assistant coach. Hasseman then followed Stutzman in his first year at Bloomsburg, where Hasseman became a 2005 EWL (Eastern Wrestling League) champ and NCAA qualifier.
Since his college mat days, Hasseman has amassed considerable experience in freestyle wrestling as well as in coaching. He had served as an assistant to Terry Brands at the Hawkeye Wrestling Club in Iowa City, then was an assistant coach to John Smith at Oklahoma State from 2010 to 2012. This past season, Hasseman returned to his native Indiana, where he piloted the historically strong Mishawaka High School wrestling program.
“I’ve known Bryce since 2000,” said Stutzman. “I was looking for someone with a strong freestyle background and coaching background, and with Bryce coaching at Oklahoma State and with the Hawkeye Wrestling Club I knew that he was the type of coaching mentality I wanted to bring into our wrestling room. He is one of the best people to be around and he has a terrific work ethic, so to me it was a natural transition to coaching.”
“With his experience as a head coach as well as an assistant at Oklahoma State, he knows how to make tough decisions, how to train guys and recruit the type of talent we need to be successful,” Stutzman said.
Want to know more? Check out an audio interview with John Stutzman about his new assistant coaches, conducted by Takedown Wrestling’s Scott Casber.
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