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Northern Iowa head mat coach Doug Schwab signs seven-year contract extension

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Right now, Doug Schwab’s lucky number has to be seven.

The head wrestling coach at the University of Northern Iowa has signed a seven-year contract extension taking him through the 2020-21 season, the Cedar Falls-based school announced Friday.

Introduced as the Panthers mat coach four years ago, Schwab will now earn $115,000 a year with a $100,000 buyout clause should he leave for another job, according to terms of the new contract released by Northern Iowa. (That’s a significant increase from the annual salary of $77,000 reported when he came to Cedar Falls in May 2010.)

Schwab and his Panthers completed an outstanding season in 2014, as the only NCAA Division I wrestling team to finish the dual season undefeated, with a 13-0 record, the first time the program could boast a perfect season since 1950, when the team went 11-0, and won the NCAA team title in its home gym. In its first season in the Mid-American Conference, the team placed second at the MAC Championships. What’s more, the program saw its biggest jump in attendance in at least 14 seasons, posting the ninth highest numbers in the nation. Four home duals in the West Gym were sell-outs (2,060).

UNI administrators are pleased with the performance of their head coach and his wrestlers.

“Doug has done a tremendous job with our wrestling program and is very much deserving of the new contract,” said Athletics Director Troy Dannen. “We look forward to our wrestling program’s further achievements under his leadership.”

“I’m excited for the future of Panther Wrestling, and I’m appreciative of the support from our administration, alumni and fans,” Schwab said. “Along with my staff, I look forward to continuing to build on the foundation we’ve established at UNI.”

Prior to coming to Northern Iowa, Schwab had first served as an assistant at Virginia Tech, then joined the staff at University of Iowa, where he was a standout wrestler. As a Hawkeye, the Osage, Iowa native was a three-time NCAA All-American and Big Ten champion from 1998-2001. He won the 1999 NCAA title at 141 pounds and finished his collegiate career with 130 wins, which ranks 10th-best in school history.

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