Austin DeVoe has been promoted from assistant wrestling coach to interim head coach at Colorado School of Mines, the university in Golden, Colo. announced Tuesday.
A member of the Orediggers coaching staff for the past two seasons, DeVoe takes over for Josh Hutchens, who left Mines in early August to become head wrestling coach at Ashland University in Ohio.
DeVoe brings considerable experience as wrestler and coach to his new position.
Prior to coming to Mines, DeVoe served as the assistant wrestling coach at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley for four seasons, where he coached 10 student-athletes to the NCAA Division I National Tournament. DeVoe also served as the National Team Coach for the Kansas Junior National Wrestling Team from 2004-10.
For eight years, DeVoe ran his own wrestling camp and served as both a director and coach conducting camps in Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas and Nevada. DeVoe also served as a camp counselor for six years at Brian Smith’s Tiger Style Wrestling Camps.
As a wrestler, DeVoe was a four-year letterwinner at the University of Missouri. In addition to being an NCAA championships qualifier, DeVoe garnered Big 12 Academic All-Conference honors, Big 12 Commisioner’s Honor Roll member, and Outstanding Freshman Wrestler of the Year.
“I’m excited to name Austin DeVoe the Interim Head Wrestling Coach at Colorado School of Mines,” said the school's Athletic Director, David Hansburg. “He has been here for several years and has a proven ability to lead a program both on and off the mat. His athletes give him a great deal of respect regarding his knowledge of the sport, and I look forward to watching Austin take our wrestling program to the next level.”
“I am thankful for the opportunity to lead the Mines program,” said DeVoe. “We have a phenomenal group of wrestling alumni who were part of tradition rich teams since the early 1900s. I look forward to making them proud of the program that they built. We have a strong group of young men returning and eight new faces joining the program with high goals for the 2013-14 season. We are looking for student-athletes who display remarkable character and value passion, confidence, and teamwork.”
Founded in the 1870s, Colorado School of Mines is a public teaching and research university in Golden, Colo. With an enrollment of approximately 5,600 students, athletic programs at Mines (as it is known) -- including the wrestling program -- compete in NCAA Division II.
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