Manchester University has hired Chad Cook as its assistant wrestling coach, the Indiana-based school announced Monday.
Cook will be working with head coach Matt Burlingame, a four-year starter and three-year co-captain for the Virginia Tech wrestling program in the 1990s, who just completed his eighth season as head coach at Manchester. The Spartan mat program competes in NCAA Division III.
Prior to coming to Manchester, Cook served as an assistant coach at the University of Dubuque (Iowa) during the 2012-13 season, where he earned his bachelor degree in physical education in 2013. Cook is well-grounded in wrestling within the state of Indiana. He was a coach at Evansville’s F.J. Reitz High School (2005-11), and competed in the club program at the University of Southern Indiana (2006-08) where he was a National Wrestling Coaches Association Division II All-American.
Cook was one of three new assistant coaches announced by Manchester. In addition, Joe Hecklinski and Aaron Rice will be joining the football staff as assistant coaches.
During the 2013-14 season, Manchester had a dual-meet record of 4-12. The Spartans defeated Washington & Lee, Case Western, Maranatha, and Trine. Among the losses: Division I programs Virginia Tech and Indiana University, and Division III programs Dubuque, Ohio Northern, and Wheaton College.
Located in northeast Indiana near Fort Wayne, Manchester University traces its origin to the Roanoke Classical Seminary founded by the United Brethren Church in Roanoke, Ind. in 1860, according to the school's official website. The seminary became Manchester College when it was moved to North Manchester, Ind. in 1889. The school changed its name to Manchester University in summer 2012. It now has an enrollment of approximately 1,400 students.