The NWCA Names Parkside’s Becker NCAA Division II Men’s National Coach of the Year

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – On the eve of the 2023 NCAA Division II National Championships, the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) honored the six finalists for NCAA Division II Men’s Coach of the Year and announced the winner as voted on by the coaches of NCAA Division II. This 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. Defense Soap, the official Hygiene partner of the NWCA, is the presenting sponsor of the award.

Founder and CEO of Defense Soap, Guy Sako, expressed his pride in partnering with the NWCA to continue their mission of keeping wrestlers on the mat with their hygiene products and educational resources.

This year’s NCAA Division II Men’s National Coach of the Year is Nick Becker of Wisconsin-Parkside. Becker is in his second year as head coach of the Rangers, and has led his alma mater to its program-first Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) title this season, behind an 11-0 dual record that included a victory over St. Cloud State that handed the perennial powerhouse Huskies their first home loss since 2010 and first NSIC loss since 2011. Becker and his Rangers have five National Qualifiers, with all five seeded in the top 6.

“It is a great honor to name Nick Becker as our 2023 Defense Soap NCAA Division II Men’s National Coach of the Year,” Jackie Paquette, NWCA Deputy Director said. “Coach Becker and his program have had a terrific season and it has been great to watch him grow into his role as head coach for UW-Parkside. Congratulations to Nick and his staff on a great regular season.”

Super Region 1: Pat Pecora, University of Pitt.-Johnstown
Super Region 2: RC LaHaye, Lander University
Super Region 3: Shawn Nelson, University of Findlay
Super Region 4: Todd Steidley, University of Central Oklahoma
Super Region 5: Nick Becker, University of Wisconsin-Parkside
Super Region 6: Mike Mendoza, Colorado Mesa University

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 a 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.
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