MEQUON, Wis. – Concordia University Wisconsin Director of Athletics Dr. Rob Barnhill announced Friday morning the hiring of Corey VanGroll as the new Wrestling head coach.
"I am excited to take on this new challenge," VanGroll said. "I am happy to be back in an area I am familiar with and to be at a University that is committed to winning."
During the past three seasons VanGroll has quickly risen up the coaching ranks in the wrestling community while at Iowa Lakes Community College. The former All-American and National Qualifier at UW-Parkside coached the Lakers to two top-10 finishes as a team at the National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association level. He also coached 10 All-Americans and Victor Dejesus, a two-time national champion.
"I am pleased to announce the addition of Corey VanGroll to our coaching staff," Barnhill said. "His past experiences as a student-athlete and a coach, along with his ability to recruit, are a perfect combination for the position. We look forward to having a full-time wrestling coach who can advance our program to the national level and sustain success over a long period of time."
VanGroll coached seven Academic All-Americans during his time at ILCC and helped three of his student-athletes receive scholarships at NCAA Division I wrestling programs.
As a student-athlete at UW-Parkside he was a four-year member of the Rangers wrestling program, was twice voted team captain, and received several sportsmanship awards. VanGroll graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Fitness Management and a Minor in Sports Management at UW-Parkside prior to earning his Master's Degree in higher education at Iowa State University this past year.
"The standards and expectations that I have for this program are high," VanGroll said. "We already have a solid group of wrestlers here at CUW and I hope to grow the program in numbers and to also coach potential All-Americans over the next few years."