Colton Schmitz and Ryan Maus are launching their coaching careers at Truman State University, the school where they just completed their collegiate wrestling careers, the Missouri-based school announced Friday.
Schmitz will serve as an assistant coach, having graduated with a bachelor’s degree this spring, while Maus will be a student-assistant coach as he completes his degree. Both former Truman State mat stars will join the Bulldog coaching staff headed up by David Schutter.
Schmitz, who wrestled at 157 pounds for the Bulldogs, was a qualifier for the 2013 NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships. The product of Kirksville, Mo. – home to Truman State --ranks eighth on the school’s all-time wins list with 95. In addition, Schmitz was a three-time NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association All-Academic selection, earning first-team status the past two seasons.
"I've known Colton for a long time, going all the way back to the Kirksville Kids Wrestling club," said Bulldog head coach Schutter. "I've watched him compete successfully at the collegiate level and I know what he can help bring to the Bulldog wrestling program. With his opportunity to attend the National Wrestling Coaches Association Leadership Academy, he has matured into a coach that can take on the challenge and responsibility at the Division II level."
Maus is a three-time national qualifier who earned All-American honors by finishing third at 149 pounds at the 2013 NCAA Division II championships. A native of Kennesaw, Ga., Maus ranks seventh on Truman State’s career wins list with 97.
"Ryan brings a wealth of national experience to the practice room," said Schutter. "He knows what it takes to be an All-American at this level and Truman wrestlers will benefit tremendously from his presence."
"The addition of these two outstanding young coaches to my staff shows the level of commitment by the administration,” Schutter added. “That is solid proof that Truman is committed to winning."
Located in northern Missouri, Truman State is a public, four-year university which, according to the school’s website, “is Missouri’s only highly selective public university,” Founded in 1867, Truman State has approximately 6,000 students. Truman State’s Bulldog sports teams, including wrestling, compete in NCAA Division II.