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Kansas' Bethany College hires Maryville wrestler Tischhauser as assistant coach

Former Maryville University wrestler Marvio Tischhauser new assistant coach for the Bethany College Swedes
Former Maryville University wrestler Marvio Tischhauser new assistant coach for the Bethany College Swedes
Photos (from left) courtesy of Bethany College (Kansas) and Maryville University, used with permission

Marvio Tischhauser, team captain for Maryville University, has been named assistant wrestling coach at Bethany College, the Kansas-based school announced Wednesday.

Tischhauser, who is listed at the Bethany Swedes wrestling website as Marvin, joins a coaching staff headed up by Cody Garcia, who was promoted to the head coaching position this spring, along with volunteer assistant coaches Anthony Livengood and Mike Sample. This is the first coaching position for Tischhauser.

A native of Abilene, Kan., Tischhauser was a two-time placer at the Kansas state wrestling championships. After graduating from Abilene High School, Tischhauser started his college career at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. As a redshirt freshman for the Mavericks, Tischhauser compiled a 19-9 record.

After UNO administrators eliminated the wrestling program the night it won the 2010 NCAA Division II team title, a number of the school's wrestlers – including Tischhauser – followed long-time Maverick head coach Mike Denney to establish a new wrestling program at Maryville University in suburban St. Louis. While at Maryville, Tischhauser wrestled at 165 and 174 pounds. He was named 2014 team captain and 2014 Senior Scholar Award winner.

Although new to the coaching profession, Tischhauser has worked in a similar capacity at wrestling camps. He served as the head camp clinician at the Abilene Summer Champ Camp in 2013, and an assistant camp clinician at the Maryville Wrestling Summer League in 2012 and 2013, providing instruction and technique sessions for St. Louis and the surrounding area wrestlers and teams.

"We are pleased to announce the addition of Coach Tischhauser to our wrestling staff," said Bethany head coach Cody Garcia, himself a former Nebraska-Omaha wrestler. "Marv has grown up wrestling in this area with a tremendous amount of success at each level, and has developed a great understanding of the sport. He has wrestled for solid programs and has been coached by one of the best leaders in the country. His impact will be immediately felt as his passion, along with his educational and wrestling experience, will be great assets to this program moving forward and will serve the group well. We want to continue to surround these guys with great coaches and, more importantly, great people. I know Coach Tischhauser is an excellent fit for the program and we welcome him to the Swede wrestling family!"

"It is a great honor to be an assistant wrestling coach at Bethany College," Tischhauser said. "I look forward to coaching with head coach Cody Garcia."

Despite being a three-year-old program, Bethany wrestling has enjoyed considerable success. This past season, the Swedes finished 20th at the 2014 NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) National Championships, where Colby Crank was a finalist in the 149-pound weight class. A total of seven Bethany wrestlers qualified for the 2014 NAIA championships.

Established by Swedish Lutheran immigrants in 1881, Bethany College is a four-year, liberal-arts college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, according to the school's website.. Located in Lindsborg, Kan., Bethany launched its Swedes wrestling program during the 2011-12 season.