One week after welcoming Alex Clemsen as its new head assistant wrestling coach, the University of Missouri has promoted former Tiger All-American Todd Schavrien from director of operations to volunteer assistant coach, Mizzou head coach Brian Smith announced Friday.
Schavrien, a 2011 NCAA All-American for Missouri, has been on the Tiger staff as operations director the past two seasons. Prior to returning to Columbia, Mo., Schavrien had served as an assistant coach at Drexel University for one year immediately after graduating in 2011.
A three-time NCAA qualifier, Schavrien spent his first two years in college at Arizona State, then transferred to Mizzou where he compiled an 86-44 record in three seasons. As a senior, he won the Big 12 conference title, then earned All-American honors by placing sixth in the 141-pound bracket at the 2011 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. He also served as team captain, and earned the team’s Hap Whitney Coaches Award, presented to the wrestler that displays dedication, commitment, sacrifice and selflessness to the team on a consistent basis.
"We are excited to have Todd remain on our coaching staff, and continue to have him serve as an outstanding representative of `Tiger Style' wrestling," said coach Smith. "Todd has been a part of this program both as a student-athlete and staff member for five years now. He demonstrates excellent dedication and passion every day, and plays a crucial role into the success our program has had over the years. I know our current roster of student-athletes cannot wait to have him back at the Hearnes (Center, home arena for Mizzou wrestling)!"
"It is such a blessing to be able to continue being a part of a program that I am so passionate about," said Schavrien. "Coach Smith and the remaining coaching staff I had when I was an athlete had a tremendous influence on me on-and-off the mat, and shaped me into the man I am today. I am excited to be on the other side of the spectrum and help these student-athletes not only accomplish their athletics goals but also help them grow and become men."
Schavrien proved he still has what it takes to win on the mat three months ago by becoming the first competitor to pin an opponent in the four-event Agon Wrestling Championships series, a venture that offers prize money to post-collegiate wrestlers competing in amateur-style wrestling. The former Tiger pinned former Cerritos College wrestler (now MMA competitor) Cody Bollinger at 1:46 of the second period. Schavrein had amassed a 16-1 lead before putting Bollinger’s shoulders to the mat.