Zach Mizer named head wrestling coach
Zach Mizer has been named head coach of the Muskingum University wrestling team.
Mizer arrives in New Concord after serving the
past three years as assistant wrestling coach at Buena Vista University.
At Buena Vista, he assisted in all areas of the wrestling program
including recruiting coordination, organizing and executing practice
plans, arranging team travel, assisting in fundraising and reviewing
match film with the student-athletes. During his tenure, Mizer coached
one national qualifier, three Academic All-Americans and aided one
wrestler in setting the school record with 18 pins.
Following the 2013-2014 season, Mizer served as
co-coach for a group of 12 wrestlers from across the United States who
took a trip overseas to practice and compete in Istanbul, Bulgaria,
Bucharest and Paris.
"Zach brings a wealth of wrestling experience and
knowledge to Muskingum," said Athletic Director Larry Shank. "I'm
looking forward to Zach building a successful wrestling program."
A 2010 graduate of Heidelberg University with a
bachelor’s degree in history, Mizer was a four-year letter winner,
three-time national qualifier and two-time MVP for the Student Princes.
He posted a career record of 112-42, including a pair of 30-win
seasons, and is second on the school's all-time career list for wins.
He ended his senior year as national runner-up in the 157-pound weight
class and was a key member of four consecutive Ohio Athletic Conference
tournament championship teams and two OAC regular season championship
teams. He was also the OAC champion at 149 pounds in 2008.
Following graduation, Mizer remained with the
program and served as a graduate assistant coach until 2012. During
that time, he coached 10 All-OAC wrestlers, six Academic All-Americans
and four national qualifiers.