Tim Fader, head wrestling coach at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater for a decade, has been suspended indefinitely and all recruitment activity halted, the Royal Purple News student newspaper reported Wednesday.
Fader is on paid administrative suspension because of a report filed with Whitewater police, according to an email from school chancellor Richard Telfer sent to UW-Whitewater’s faculty and staff midday Wednesday.
“On Monday [May 12, 2014], I was notified that the Whitewater Police Department is investigating an incident involving an adult-aged recruit for the wrestling team,” according to Telfer’s email. “This matter is ongoing and I can only share limited information at this time.”
Telfer asked Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management Matt Aschenbrener and Center for Students with Disabilities Director Elizabeth Watson to be responsible for the internal investigation into the team’s recruitment practices.
UW-Whitewater Interim Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Amy Edmonds said Fader would not return until further notice and all UW-Whitewater wrestlers have been asked to refer all questions regarding the situation to her, according to the Royal Purple News.
Fader was hired as head coach at UW-Whitewater in 2004, where he has coached 21 All-Americans, including four NCAA finalists, and guided the Warhawks to an overall record of 117-67-3. In March, Fader guided Whitewater to its highest-ever finish in the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships for the second straight year, topping last year’s third-place finish with runner-up status in 2014, with five All-Americans two finalists. For those accomplishments, amateur wrestling website d3wrestle.com named Fader its 2014 Coach of the Year two months ago.
Fader’s coaching career spans more than two decades. Prior to coming to UW-Whitewater, Fader served at Wisconsin-La Crosse, first as an assistant, then as head coach from 1998-2004. He also coached at University of Minnesota-Morris and at his alma mater, Augustana College, where he was a two-time NCAA All-American and twice team captain.
In late August, UW-Whitewater announced that Ned Shuck, who wrestled at the University of Iowa, then served as an assistant at Augsburg before taking the helm at Heidelberg University, was hired as head wrestling coach.