Muskingum University has hired Zach Mizer as head coach of its wrestling program, the Ohio-based school announced Wednesday.
Mizer brings valuable NCAA Division III wrestling and coaching experience to Muskingum, having coached at D3 Buena Vista University in Iowa, and wrestled and coached at Ohio’s Heidelberg University.
As an assistant coach at Buena Vista for the past three seasons, Mizer assisted in all areas of the wrestling program including recruiting coordination, organizing and executing practice plans, arranging team travel, assisting in fundraising and reviewing match film with the student-athletes. During his time with the BVU Beavers, Mizer coached one NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships qualifier, and three Academic All-Americans.
A native of Ohio who went to Perry High School, Mizer’s wrestling roots run deep within the Buckeye State. Mizer was a four-year letterwinner at Heidelberg in Tiffin, Ohio, an Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) wrestling rival to Muskingum. He was a three-time NCAA Division III national qualifier, earning All-American honors as runner-up at 157 pounds at the 2010 NCAAs. Two years earlier, Mizer won the 149-pound title at the OAC championships in 2008.
While at Heidelberg, Mizer posted a career record of 112-42, including a pair of 30-win seasons. He ranks second on the school's all-time career list for wins.
Following graduation from Heidelberg in 2010, Mizer served as a graduate assistant coach at his college alma mater from 2010-12. During that time, Mizer coached 10 All-OAC wrestlers, six Academic All-Americans and four national qualifiers.
Beyond his time on staff at Division III wrestling programs in the Midwest, Mizer serves up brings a bit of international coaching experience to Muskingum. Just this spring, Mizer served as co-coach for the 2014 NCAA Division III Cultural Exchange, a group of 12 wrestlers from across the United States that took a trip overseas to practice and compete in Istanbul, Bulgaria, Bucharest and Paris.
"Zach brings a wealth of wrestling experience and knowledge to Muskingum," said Muskingum Athletic Director Larry Shank. "I'm looking forward to Zach building a successful wrestling program."
Muskingum University is located in New Concord, Ohio, in the eastern portion of the state, between Columbus and Pittsburgh. The school, founded in 1837, has approximately 1,700 students. Arguably its most famous alumnus is John Glenn, pioneering astronaut and former U.S. Senator for the state of Ohio. Muskingum’s sports teams, the Fighting Muskies, compete in NCAA Division III.