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BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – After an extensive national search, Athletic Director Nate Houser announced on Tuesday morning that Baker University has removed the interim tag and has named Adam Venegas as the next head wrestling coach for the Wildcats.

“After a very thorough search, I am excited to have Adam join the staff here at Baker University,” Athletic Director Nate Houser said. “Through this process, we were looking for someone who can continue to grow our wrestling programs and take us to the next step. We know Adam will work extremely hard to do that.”

Venegas has spent the last seven years with the Baker wrestling program, serving as both an assistant coach and a graduate assistant for those seven years. Venegas received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in 2008 from the University of North Texas, where he also played football and earned All-Conference Honorable Mention honors in 2007.

After beginning his career at Baker as a graduate assistant, Venegas received a Master of Science in Sports Management from Baker University in 2018.

Prior to his time at Baker, Venegas was an assistant coach for both football and wrestling at Blue Valley North. He also spent time at both Rockhurst High School where he was an assistant wrestling coach.

From 2009-2011, Venegas worked at Olathe North High School, serving as the head wrestling coach, assistant track and field coach and an assistant football coach. Along with coaching, Venegas is also a high-ranking USA Wrestling official.

Venegas and his wife Kim have been married since 2018 and have a one-year-old Lola Reed Venegas.

Venegas becomes the fourth head coach in Baker men’s wrestling history and just the second head coach on the women’s side. The Wildcats have had a total of six National Champions since 2014 and as a team has finished inside the top 20, each of the last five seasons on the men’s side and has also finished inside the top-20 on the women’s side each of the last two National Invitational tournaments.

“I am excited for the opportunity to help lead the women and men in this program to great things through hard work, structure and instilling that competitive mindset to get one percent better each day,” head coach Adam Venegas said. “We have a great young group of wrestlers and I am very excited to see where we can take this team.”



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