Head wrestling coach Roger Kish is one of three sports coaches at North Dakota State University to receive multi-year contract extensions, the Fargo-based school announced Thursday, Aug. 22.
The other Bison head coaches granted contract extensions were men’s basketball coach Saul Phillips, and softball coach Darren Mueller.
Kish -- who took the reins of the NDSU wrestling program in June 2011 as only the fourth head coach in the 54-year history of the program -- accepted a three-year contract extension with a two-year rollover.
The former University of Minnesota mat star led the Bison to the Western Wrestling Conference regular season title with 5-0 conference dual meet record in 2013. He claimed the league's Coach of the Year award after directing NDSU to a 10-8 overall record with three wins over nationally ranked teams. Kish is entering his third season after leading NDSU to third-place and second-place finishes at the NCAA West Regional the past two years.
"I am very pleased we could extend Roger's contract,” said NDSU Athletic Director Gene Taylor. “After taking over the wrestling program from our most successful coach, Bucky Maughan, he has continued to build on that success and has a program that is proving to be one of the most watched wrestling programs in Division I. He is a tireless recruiter that has landed some outstanding talent and is creating a program that can have long-term success in our conference and nationally. Roger and his staff do a great job promoting our program and we are pleased that Roger will be a part of the NDSU Bison family for more years to come."
Prior to becoming head coach two years ago, Kish had been an assistant coach for two seasons. Before that, Kish served as a graduate assistant for the Golden Gophers during the 2008-2009 season.
As a wrestler at Minnesota, Kish compiled a 117-27 record at 184 pounds. He won the Big Ten title in 2006, and was a two-time All-American, placing second at the 2006 NCAAs, and third in 2007. At Lapeer West High School, he was a four-time Michigan state champion.
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