Quincy Osborn, former assistant wrestling coach at the State University of New York at Buffalo, has been hired to head up the wrestling program at Lakeland College, the Wisconsin school announced Tuesday.
Osborn replaces Mike DeRoehn, who resigned in May after four years at Lakeland to take the head coaching job at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
A native of Grand Rapids, Minn., Osborn brings NCAA Division I and III coaching and wrestling experience to the D3 program at Lakeland.
For the past five years, Osborn has been on the coaching staffs at two NCAA Division I programs in the Mid-American Conference, first at Ohio University, then, most recently, last season at Buffalo. As an assistant with the Buffalo Bulls, Osborn was also responsible for recruiting.
Osborn launched his collegiate coaching career at NCAA Division III powerhouse Augsburg College, where he completed his wrestling career. As a senior at the Minneapolis school, Osborn was the 141-pound champ at the 2003 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships, and led the Auggies to the team national championship.
Prior to wrestling at Augsburg, Osborn started at the University of Minnesota, where he was a three-year letter winner. He was a two-time NCAA Division I national championships qualifier, reaching the national championships as a sophomore at 133 lbs. and as a junior at 149 lbs.
"We are very excited to welcome Quincy and his wife Hannah to the Lakeland College family," said Lakeland Vice President for Athletics and Wellness Nate Dehne. "Quincy's accomplishments and experience on the mat, along with his desire to mentor and guide our student athletes in all aspects of their personal and professional lives make him a great match for our program. We look forward to his continuing to build on the foundation built by our former coaches and student-athletes."
Osborn is eager to take the next step in his coaching career at Lakeland.
"I would like to thank Mr. Dehne and Lakeland College for giving me the opportunity to be a head coach and lead a program," said Osborn. "I would also like to thank my family, friends, and mentors for support and guidance, (and) I also owe thanks to Augsburg, Ohio, and Buffalo. I have learned a lot from those experiences and opportunities.
"I am extremely excited to lead the Lakeland College wrestling team. The program is in a solid position and the goal will be to take the team to the next level. I look forward to learning the community and getting to know the athletes and staff in addition to building connections with the alumni and support base.
"The expectations of the program will be simple: the team will prepare and compete in a way that promotes winning at the highest level," said Osborn. "The program will emphasize living a championship lifestyle on and off the mat. There will be a lot of work ahead and I can't wait to get started!"
Located just outside Sheboygan, Wis., Lakeland College can trace its roots back to 1867. Renamed Lakeland College in 1956, it now has an enrollment of approximately 900 undergraduates. The Muskies sports teams including wrestling compete in NCAA Division III.