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Iowa All-American Lofthouse joins Utah Valley University coaching staff

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Ethen Lofthouse, a two-time NCAA All-American wrestler at the University of Iowa, has joined the coaching staff at Utah Valley University, the Orem-based school announced Wednesday.

Lofthouse will serve as a volunteer assistant coach starting in August. The former Hawkeye joins head coach Greg Williams, associate head coach Erkin Tadzhimetov, and assistant coach Justin Ruiz. Lofthouse replaces Cyler Sanderson, who joined the UVU staff in January but is now returning to Pennsylvania to train for the 2016 Olympics at the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club affiliated with Penn State.

Lofthouse brings a wealth of collegiate, freestyle and Greco-Roman mat experience to Utah Valley. While at Iowa, Lofthouse compiled a 91-32 overall record wrestling at 174 and 184 pounds. He earned back-to-back NCAA All-American honors in 2012 and 2013, and was a runner-up at the 2014 Big Ten conference championships. In addition, Lofthouse was also a four-time Junior National All-American and Cadet All-American, winning two Greco National Championships as well as one Junior Freestyle National Championship. He is also a two-time Junior FILA Freestyle National Champion as well as a sophomore and junior Folkstyle National Champion.

"We're excited to have Ethen join our staff,” said UVU head coach Williams. “He brings a lot of great experience and work ethic here to our program, as he competed for Iowa. We're looking forward to having him bring that experience with him here to Utah Valley."

It’s a homecoming of sorts for Lofthouse, a product of Avon, Utah who was a four-time Utah state champ at Mountain Crest High School in Hyrum, Utah. It’s also something of a family reunion, as Ethen’s younger brother Raider Lofthouse will begin his freshman season at UVU this winter.

"I'm really excited to get back into wresting in the state of Utah and be on the coaching side of things," Lofthouse said. "I'm also looking forward to recruiting the kids here in Utah and being able to help get the max potential out of them. I can't wait to step into UVU's room and I'm looking forward to helping make the program move on up."

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