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STORM LAKE, Iowa (August 24, 2021) – Buena Vista University director of athletics, Scott Brown, has announced that Sean White will be named acting head coach for the Beaver wrestling program. White takes over for Mark Rial who has decided to step down as head coach after guiding the team since 2018-19.
“I want to thank Mark for his leadership and commitment to his student-athletes these last three seasons,” says Brown. “I know it wasn’t an easy decision for him to make, and we wish him and his family all the best. That said, I am extremely excited to have someone with Sean’s leadership in place to serve as the acting head coach.”
White has served as the program’s top assistant coach the last seven years. During that time, he has been a part of 13 regional placewinners, two national qualifiers and one All-American (NWCA). He has also played a very large role in the Northwest Iowa Wrestling Regional Training Center, guiding practices for elite student-athletes in the area.
During his first season at BVU, White was instrumental in the success of the conference’s Freshman of the Year, Nashid Barrow, and NWCA Scholar All-American Seth Shatto. White guided BVU Wrestling to the Beaver Service Award in 2015 with his tireless effort coordinating the team’s civic engagement activities.
“It was difficult to hear Coach Rial was going to step aside,” says White. “He is a great mentor and friend, and I will miss having him next door to learn from. I am ready to lead these young men and keep building on what Coach Rial has set in place.”
White is a 2010 graduate of Wartburg College and was a 2010 Iowa Conference Champion and a national qualifier at 133 pounds for the Knights. He was a member of two NCAA Championship teams and four conference team titles.
White earned a B.A. degree in Fitness Management, and following his graduation, spent one year as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Colorado Mesa University while also assisting with the wrestling program. He also holds a master’s degree in sports management.
White, along with his wife, Bailey, reside in Cleghorn, Iowa, along with their daughter, Avelynn.