Steve Wozniak is taking the helm of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire wrestling program.
No, not the Wozniak who along with Steve Jobs started Apple… but the assistant wrestling coach of the Blugolds since 2010, who has been promoted to interim head coach, UW-Eau Claire announced Thursday.
Last season, Jon Ames served as interim head coach at the school. Under his watch, UW-Eau Claire had two wrestlers qualify for the 2013 NCAA Division III championships, the first time two Blugolds had made it to the nationals in a decade. Freshman Nathaniel Behnke earned All-American honors, the program’s first All-American since 2009.
Ames remains on staff as an assistant coach, according to the official UW-Eau Claire wrestling website.
Prior to coming to UW-Eau Claire, Wozniak wrestled and played football at UW-Stevens Point. As a senior, Wozniak was a nationally-ranked heavyweight for the Pointers, earning National Wrestling Coaches Association Scholar All-American honors. A 2011 graduate of UW-Stevens Point, Wozniak is currently attending UW-Stout to earn a Master’s Degree in school counseling
“We are excited to have Coach Wozniak take over the wrestling program and know he will bring his past success as a wrestler, NWCA Scholar All-American, and as a former Blugolds assistant wrestling coach to continue to move the program forward,” said Director of Athletics Scott Kilgallon. “I would like to thank Coach Ames for the great job he did last season and look forward to a seamless transition given the great group of assistant coaches working with our team and assisting Coach Wozniak.”
“I look forward to another season of being a Blugold,” Wozniak said. “Last year we took a huge step in the right direction, and we will continue off the progress we made the previous year. Last year we were a young team and I am excited to see what we can accomplish this year. I have a great group of assistant coaches with many years of experience that will make this transition seamless, and I look forward to leading the team into the 2013-14 wrestling season.”
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