|College:||UW-Parkside, '09; Iowa State University, '11|
Corey VanGroll completed his first season as Concordia University Wisconsin head Wrestling coach in 2012-2013 and he certainly made a statement in his first season.
VanGroll coached Greg Sanders to the 149 lb. National Championship, the school's first national champion. Sanders won his finals match over the defending 141 lb. champion, Kodie Silvestri of Wartburg College. He was also named the NWCA Outstanding Wrestler at the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships.
In addition to helping guide Sanders to the national title, VanGroll also coached Sean Ambrocio, who qualified for the national meet at 125 lbs.
As a team, CUW cracked the NWCA Top-25 poll, coming in at No. 21 in the March 6 poll. The Falcons finished 11th at the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships, thanks in large part to Sanders national title.
VanGroll also led the Falcons to a
Northern Wrestling Association Tournament title as they had five
wrestlers capture individual championships, including Sanders, who
was named Outstanding Wrestler at the conference tournament.
Before coming to CUW VanGroll quickly rose 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.
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 twice advanced to the NCAA Division II National Tournament and earned All-American honors in 2009 with a fourth place finish. He was a four-year member of the Rangers wrestling program, twice voted team captain and received several sportsmanship awards. He also advanced to the NCAA Division II Tournament in 2008.
He 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.”