Dustin Baynes is returning to his Cincinnati area roots.
The former Lakota East High wrestler who has been a college coach in Iowa will be the new head wrestling coach at the College of Mt. St. Joseph in Cincinnati, the amateur wrestling website d3wrestle.com reported Monday, Sept. 2.
Baynes will be replacing Casey Brewster who left Mt. St. Joe during the 2012-13 season, according to d3wrestle.com.
For the past three years, Baynes had been coaching at Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa, launching the school’s new women’s wrestling program and serving as a men’s assistant coach starting in October 2010. In January 2013, he took the helm of the men’s wrestling program at the northern Iowa-based NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics).
As the head women’s coach, Baynes helped build the program from the beginning into a top-10 college program, and as a member of the men’s wrestling staff, both as an assistant and a head coach, he helped produce 21 NAIA national qualifiers as well as five NAIA All-Americans. Baynes also oversaw five of his student-athletes receive national scholar-athlete awards, including one of those wrestlers who was named to the National Wrestling Coaches Association All-Academic team.
Prior to landing the job at Waldorf, Baynes started his collegiate coaching career at Cleveland State University, serving as a graduate assistant coach for the Vikings during the 2009-10 season.
As a wrestler, Baynes was a four-year starter and a three-time captain of the wrestling team at Limestone College in Gaffney, S.C. at 149 and 157 pounds. Baynes amassed 51 wins during his career, leading the Saints to an appearance at the prestigious Cliff Keen Duals in 2009.
A native of Liberty Township, Ohio, Baynes was a three-year letterwinner in track, wrestling and football at Lakota East High School just outside Cincinnati.
The College of Mount St. Joseph is a private, Catholic college located just outside Cincinnati. Founded in 1920, the school that’s also known as Mt. St. Joe and “the Mount” has an enrollment of approximately 2,400 students. The school’s 11 men’s sports programs and 11 women’s programs compete as the Lions in NCAA Division III.
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