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Mitchell, S.D. – Dakota Wesleyan University Athletics and Athletic Director Jon Hart announced the hiring of John Lynch as the first head coach of women’s wrestling today. Lynch comes to DWU after holding assistant coaching positions at Northwestern College in 2014-15 and in 2016-17, and a stint as assistant coach at Washington High School in Cherokee, Iowa, during the 2020-21 season.  Lynch coached eight national qualifiers during his time with the Red Raiders and one state qualifier while at Washington High School.

Lynch has worked as a physical therapist at two Iowa facilities since 2018, Careage Hills Rehabilitation and Healthcare and Cherokee Regional Medical Center.  Beyond his coaching position at NWC and his physical therapy positions, Lynch has taught several 500-level courses at Briar Cliff University. In 2020 he became a clinical instructor at Cherokee Regional Medical Center, leading and directing DPT students.

Outside of his coaching responsibilities, Lynch has continued to stay connected to student-athletes through several research interests, including coach-athlete relationships and their effects on motivation and performance, and relationship building in academic settings.

Lynch is no stranger to the wrestling world as he was a three-time Kansas state qualifier and runner-up while in high school. In college he was an NJCAA National Qualifier, and a two-time NAIA National Qualifier at Northwestern College in Orange City, IA.

Lynch spoke on his new position and becoming the first women’s wrestling head coach for DWU, saying, “I am thrilled to be headed to Mitchell to build South Dakota’s first collegiate women’s wrestling team. I am honored to have this opportunity to lead the program at Dakota Wesleyan to continue supporting and growing the sport of wrestling—go Tigers!”

Hart is pleased to welcome Lynch to the DWU coaching staff.  “We are thrilled to announce John as the first women’s wrestling coach in school history. He brings a trusted foundation of experience to this position with a strong background as a wrestler, coach, and professional. He is familiar with freestyle wrestling and has strong connections throughout the Midwest. I am extremely excited to see where this program goes under his leadership. John and his family are going to be a great fit for DWU and the Mitchell community.”

Earlier this fall, Dakota Wesleyan announced they would be offering women’s wrestling as their 18th sport beginning in the 2022-23 academic year.

Lynch began employment Feb. 1 and will be working remotely through the end of the academic year. He will move to the Mitchell area this summer with his wife, Amanda, and two daughters, Diana and Scarlet.

If you have questions or are interested in participating in women’s wrestling contact Coach Lynch at john.lynch@dwu.edu or call 605-995-2112. Interested athletes can begin the recruiting process by filling out a questionnaire or applying online.

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