Mike DeRoehn, newly hired head wrestling coach at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, has rounded out his staff by welcoming Ryan Renon and Joe Terrill as assistant coaches, the NCAA Division III school announced Thursday.
"I'm grateful to have these men on staff,” said coach DeRoehn, who took the helm at UW-Platteville in June, after having served as head wrestling coach at Wisconsin’s Lakeland College for four years. “They are both key assets to the future success of Pioneer Wrestling and we are eager to get started."
Renon and DeRoehn know each other well. Renon wrestled for DeRoehn at Lakeland, and spent the last three years working with DeRoehn as an assistant coach at the World Class Wrestling School run by the head coach. In addition to his duties as an assistant wrestling coach, Renon will also serve as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at UW-Platteville. Then again, juggling multiple responsibilities shouldn’t be too much of a challenge for Renon, as he has served in the Army National Guard for eight years, participating in Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan War) in 2013.
As a Lakeland wrestler, Renon was a Great Lakes Regional champion, and a qualifier for the 2012 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships. He ranked has high as seventh in the nation during his senior season. In a 2012 interview with the “Lakeland Mirror”, DeRoehn described Renon as “the cornerstone of our team,” adding, “His leadership, positive example and contagious ‘on the attack’ attitude has elevated the expectations of what the Lakeland wrestling program is all about.”
"As a former student-athlete of mine, Ryan was the epitome of hard work, championship attitude and all-out effort," said DeRoehn. "He refuses to be outworked and I'm confident he'll bring the same sense of energy to Pioneer wrestling. He knows our training and technical system inside and out and will serve as a successful role model for the young men in our program."
Despite having been an assistant coach at WIAC (Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) rival UW-Oshkosh for the past six seasons, Terrill is a familiar face at Platteville. He was an assistant coach for the Pioneers from 2002-05. This time, in addition to serving as an assistant at UW-Platteville, Terrill will continue to work as a physical education teacher at Neal Wilkins Elementary in Platteville.
Just as importantly, Terrill is a known quantity to DeRoehn. "Bringing Joe on board is huge. He is a tremendous upper-weight coach who shares my motivational approach and passion for coaching young men to be champions, on and off the mat," said the new Pioneers head coach. "Having worked together in the past, he also brings familiarity with our training program along with numerous positive ties to the local wrestling community.”
Located in southwestern Wisconsin near the state’s borders with Iowa and Illinois, UW-Platteville was founded in 1866. According to the school’s website, UW-Platteville has an enrollment of approximately 8,600 students.