Marc Harwood is returning to his Minnesota roots to become an assistant wrestling coach at Minnesota State University, the Mankato, Minn.-based school announced Wednesday, Sept. 4.
A native of Lakefield, Minn., Harwood had served as an assistant at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania during the 2012-13 season. Prior to joining the Huskies staff, he was a wrestling instructor for Edge MMA and Fitness in Colorado for two years.
Harwood brings extensive coaching experience to the Minnesota State Mavericks. In addition to his work at Bloomsburg, Harwood served as an assistant coach at his high school alma mater, Jackson County Central High School in Lakefield, Minn., where he helped lead the Huskies to a second straight state wrestling team championship. He also coached several individuals that went on to wrestle at the NCAA Division I level. He served as the head wrestling coach at Emmetsburg High School in Emmetsburg, Iowa where he helped the team qualify for Iowa State High School Team Tournament for the first time in five years and was named conference coach of the year. He also coached several wrestlers that placed at the Iowa State High School Tournament and went on to compete collegiately.
As a wrestler, Harwood was a four-time Minnesota high school All-American and two-time state champ who then continued his mat career at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he was an NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships qualifier for the Huskers.
MSU head wrestling coach Jim Makovsky is eager to welcome Harwood on board.
"We're excited to announce the addition of Marc Harwood to our staff as our new assistant coach," said Makovsky. "We wanted to hire someone that not only was good on the mat, but also someone that could relate well to our student-athletes and also help us in advancing the culture of Maverick wrestling. Marc brings a wealth of experience and a broad skill set to Minnesota State and we're confident he'll be a great fit."
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