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Minnesota State Moorhead wrestler Evan Forde returns to join coaching staff

Once a Dragon, always a Dragon: Evan Forde returns to Minnesota State University as an assistant coach
Once a Dragon, always a Dragon: Evan Forde returns to Minnesota State University as an assistant coach
Both photo and logo courtesy of Minnesota State University Moorhead, used with permission

Evan Forde, a four-year letterman wrestler for Minnesota State University Moorhead, is returning to his alma mater as an assistant wrestling coach, head coach Kris Nelson announced Friday.

At MSUM, Forde will assist in all aspects of the Dragon wrestling program. He will also work for the recreation and intramural program on campus.

Forde brings a blend of first-hand knowledge of the MSUM program as a wrestler, combined with coaching experience gained as an assistant coach for the past three years at Southwest Minnesota State University. During his time as an assistant at SMSU, Forde helped the Mustangs to a combined 35-17 mark in dual matches.

As a Minnesota State Moorhead wrestler, Forde was a four-year letterwinner. The Fargo, N.D. native won 63 career matches and was a two-time team captain. Forde also was a four-time National Collegiate Wrestling Association NCAA Division II All-Academic honoree. In addition, Forde was a member of the SAAC (Student Athlete Advisory Committee).

If that weren't enough, Forde hails from a wrestling family. According to Forde's MSUM biography, his father Lynn and uncles Bruce Forde and Randy Forde all wrestled at North Dakota State University.

Dragons head coach Nelson is eager to welcome a familiar face to his staff.

"I am very excited to have Evan Forde join our staff," Nelson said. "Evan has experience coaching at the college level and has recruited in the region. He has a good idea of the talent that's available and has many high school and college connections that will help in the recruiting process. I coached Evan in my first two seasons at MSUM and he was a very hard worker in the classroom and on the mat. I know that same hard work will carry over into his coaching."

MSU Moorhead is located in Moorhead, Minn., just across the Red River from Fargo, N.D., about three-and-a-half hours northwest of Minneapolis-St. Paul. The four-year public university has an enrollment of approximately 9,500 students, according to its website. The Dragons wrestle in NCAA Division II.

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