Sean White, who wrestled for Wartburg College and has coached at a number of other college wrestling programs, has been named as the new top assistant coach at Buena Vista University, the Iowa-based school announced Tuesday.
White, whose first day on the job was September 2, will be working with BVU head coach Jeff Breese, who was hired to the position in mid-June. He brings a wealth of unique experience as a wrestler at another Iowa-based NCAA Division III program, and as a coach who has worked with three different programs since graduating from Wartburg in 2010.
As a former Wartburg Knight wrestler, White is no stranger to the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, where the Buena Vista Beavers also compete. In fact, he won an IIAC Tournament title as a senior at 133 pounds before earning the automatic bid into the NCAA championships. During his time at the Waverly, Iowa D3 mat powerhouse, White was part of a Wartburg team that won four team titles at the IIAC championships, two NCAA championships, and one runner-up placement.
A native of Grand Junction, Colo., White's coaching career began at Colorado Mesa University in 2010-11 as an assistant strength and conditioning coach and assistant wrestling coach. He then headed east to Kansas, where he served as an assistant wrestling coach for two seasons (2011-13) at Neosho County Community College, where he helped produce six All-Americans and two NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) national champions. This past season, White worked as an assistant coach at the University of Central Missouri, where he helped coach one NCAA champion and one All-American.
"Sean is a tremendous addition to our program and will be instrumental in helping to bring BVU wrestling back to national prominence," said Breese. "He has a proven track record of helping student-athletes reach the pinnacle of our sport. Equally important to his coaching ability, Sean truly values the development of students as a whole. He will strive to produce Academic All-Americans and future leaders."
"I'm extremely excited to be a part of BVU and the wrestling program," said White. "I'm glad to be back in the IIAC and division III wrestling, and I'm looking forward to working with coach Breese to develop the program and make a run at a conference title."
According to the school's website, Buena Vista University has approximately 1,000 students at its campus in Storm Lake, Iowa in the northwest portion of the state. The school’s athletic programs including wrestling compete in NCAA Division III.