The Boilermaker becomes a Little Giant, as Camden Eppert, four-year wrestler at Purdue University, has accepted an assistant coaching position at Wabash College, the western Indiana school announced Thursday.
Originally from Noblesville, Ind., Eppert was a two-time Indiana high school state champ while at Anderson Highland High School in 2007 and 2009. He then headed to Purdue, where he was a two-time NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships qualifier for the Boilermakers at 125 pounds (2011, 2012), and a three-time Big Ten conference championships placer. Eppert was team captain in 2013 and 2014.
Eppert also excelled in the classroom. He was a named Academic All-Big Ten Conference four times, and a three-time NWCA (National Wrestling Coaches Association) All-Academic from 2011-2013. In addition, Eppert was a member of the Boilermaker Athletic Council, the John R. Wooden Leadership Institute, and was granted membership in Mortar Board, the national college senior honor society. Eppert graduated from Purdue in 2014 with a bachelor of science while majoring in Public Health Promotions,
"We couldn't have found a better hire for the position," said Wabash head wrestling coach Brian Anderson. "Camden is a proven winner and excelled on the mats and in the classroom while competing in college. He has strong name recognition across the state and is going to be a great help with our lower weight classes."
"I am thrilled and fortunate to join the Wabash College wrestling program," said Eppert. "I am extremely excited to begin my career as a coach and help student-athletes reach their goals on and off the mat. I've had the opportunity to be coached and mentored by countless people who have shaped my approach and I cannot wait to get started."
Founded in 1832, Wabash College is one of only three traditionally all-male colleges remaining in the U.S., according to their official website. The school, located in Crawfordsville, Ind. about 45 miles from Indianapolis, has a student enrollment of approximately 900. The Wabash Little Giants wrestling program competes in NCAA Division III.
Eppert is the second former Purdue wrestler to land a coaching job this week. On Thursday, Chris Fleeger, a three-time NCAA All-American wrestler who had served as an assistant coach for the Boilermakers, accepted the head coaching job at University of the Cumberlands in Kentucky.