NWCA announces the Division III Regional Coach of the Year Winners

NWCA announces the Division III Regional Coach of the Year Winners.

The National Wrestling Coaches Association is pleased to announce the recipients of the Division III Regional Coach of the Year awards as selected by their peers in each respective region. The award is presented to the coach that has demonstrated outstanding effort throughout the season in developing and elevating their program on campus and in the community

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This year’s winners are:

  • Upper Midwest Region, Jim Moulsoff – Augsburg University
  • Mideast Region, Marty Nichols – Ithaca College
  • Lower Midwest Region, Joe Norton – North Central College
  • Northeast Region, Steve Hall – Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Central Region, Jamie Gibbs – Baldwin Wallace University
  • Southeast Region, Bryan Brunk – Messiah College

“We are pleased to recognize this year’s Regional Coach of the Year recipients and want to thank them for providing a quality experience for their student athletes and for being outstanding role models to our sport,” said NWCA Executive Director, Mike Moyer.

Jim Moulsoff, head coach of Augsburg University, led his team to a 13-2 dual meet record and the 2018 NWCA Multi National Dual Division III Championship.

Coach Moulsoff has been coaching at Augsburg for eleven years, and in 2017 his team earned the NWCA Academic team runner-up with nine Academic All-Americans. Jim is also very active in his community. He has helped pack meals for the underprivileged and helped to referee for the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Wrestling League.

Mideast Region COY Marty Nichols (right)

Coaching in his 22nd year at Ithaca College, Marty Nichols and the Ithaca Bombers amassed a 14-2 dual meet record and a 3rd place finish at the 2018 NWCA Multi National Duals, their highest place ever.

His team ranked 12th among NWCA Division III institutions in academic success. Marty and his Ithaca bombers wrestling team are active in the Ithaca community. The team helps fundraise and participate in the Chris Bordoni Mud, Sweat, and Cheers Run in Ithaca. This run helps to raise money for injured or fallen veterans and their families. Marty also spends his time working at local youth camps and programs through George Dentes Wrestling Club and Ultimate Athletics.

Head Coach Joe Norton at North Central College, is finishing his 4th year at the institution. When Joe is not coaching, he can be seen helping to pack meals for Feed My Starving Children, an annual event held at North Central.

This year, Joe Norton led his team to a 12-2 dual meet record, a 1st place finish at the CCIW Championships, and serves as staff advisor for North Central’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee.

Coach Steve Hall, from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, has been coaching for eight seasons. He helped his team assemble a dual meet record of 18-4, Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s most wins since the 1993-94 campaign.

Steve participates yearly in Relay for Life and was also a guest speaker on Management, Leadership, and Personal Mission Development at WPI. Steve’s wrestlers have consistently been in the top of NEWA with their GPA for the past five consecutive years.

Baldwin Wallace head coach Jamie Gibbs finished this season with a 19-2 dual meet record. Jamie led his team to its third straight Ohio Athletic Conference Title, which also tied a school record for most consecutive conference championships.

Jamie’s personal schedule includes helping with the Special Olympics and he has participants actively engaged in his team’s practices and introduces Special Olympiads at his team’s matches. Jamie also takes his wrestlers’ academics with pride, this year he had more than nine wrestlers achieve Dean’s List.

Bryan Brunk has been coaching at Messiah College for fifteen years. He collected a 16-5 dual meet record and placed first at the following invitationals; Messiah College Invitational, Messiah Petrofes Invitational, the Wheaton Invitational and won his third straight MAC Championship. This year, Bryan became the first coach in Messiah wrestling history to reach 200 career wins.

Southast Region COY Bryan Brunk
Southast Region COY Bryan Brunk

Bryan and his team play an active role in the community. Every week team members volunteer with Bethesda Missions, each year the team volunteers for staff for the Trunk-Or-Treat event, the whole team attends the Special Olympics to volunteer, and some members of his team were chosen to travel to Panama for service trip this summer. Through his team’s busy wrestling schedule and academic schedule, Bryan’s team posted a team GPA of 3.482.

The National Wrestling Coaches Association, established in 1928, is a non-profit organization for the advancement of all levels of the sport of wrestling with primary emphasis on developing coaches who work in academic environments. The three core competencies of the NWCA are Coaching Development, Student-Athlete Welfare, and the Promotion of Wrestling.

Each of the six winners now becomes eligible for the NWCA National Coach of the Year award, this will be presented at the Division III Hall of Fame function, Thursday, March 8th prior to the NCAA Division III National Wrestling Championship in Cleveland, Ohio.



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