Graduate Assistant for Wrestling


The University of Mary Athletic Department is seeking applicants for a Graduate Assistant Wrestling Coach for the men’s wrestling program. The primary role for this position is to aid in the recruitment and development of student-athletes. The secondary role of this position is to help ensure the wrestling program is organized, operated efficiently, and properly marketed.


This position must promote an atmosphere of compliance where all policies and procedures of the department and university, as well as rules and regulations of the NSIC, NCAA and other authorities that may legitimately influence the intercollegiate athletics program, are adhered to and enforced. A key responsibility is the enthusiastic and personal investment in the University’s ‘Greatness Through Virtue’ whole-person development model.


Candidates will be invited to demonstrate a willingness to support the Christian, Catholic, Benedictine mission of the University of Mary.


Graduate Assistant benefits include:

  • Graduate Tuition waiver
  • Stipend is provided
  • Partial meal plan (75 meals per semester)

Desired Minimum Qualifications, Education, and Experience include:

  • Meets eligibility requirements for admission into a Graduate Studies program at the University of Mary
  • Former collegiate wrestler or former coach
  • Physically able to wrestle and train with current student-athletes
  • Possess the knowledge of wrestling positions/situations and able to verbally communicate with the student-athletes
  • Proficient in time management skills
  • Strong communication skills (oral, written, marketing)
  • First Aid and CPR certified (UMary will offer this certification course onsite)
  • Possess a valid driver’s license and be willing to earn a Class C Commercial Driver’s License
  • Must be familiar with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • Proficient skills in social media use (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
  • Experience with photo and video editing is preferred
  • Successful candidate will possess a good work ethic, attention to detail, outstanding organizational skills, and can manage sensitive and confidential student information
  • Upholds and supports the Christian, Catholic, Benedictine mission of the University of Mary
  • Supports the ongoing implementation of Ex Corde Ecclesiae, the apostolic constitution on Catholic colleges and universities
  • Builds a culture of ready and earnest hospitality in the Office of Intercollegiate Athletics and throughout the university, in accord with Saint Benedict’s admonition that all be received as Christ

Duties Include:

  • Demonstrate wrestling technique and skills
  • Wrestle and train current student-athletes
  • Evaluate wrestling film
  • Oversee wrestling room and locker room facilities (maintenance & upkeep)
  • Organize travel arrangements (hotels, busses, food, etc.)
  • Operate UMary Wrestling’s social media accounts
  • Coordinate and organize the production of graphic and highlight videos
  • Oversee and update Wrestling Website (roster bios, schedule, press releases)
  • Oversee dual and tournament day operations
  • Oversee team’s academic progress (class/grade checks, supervise study tables)
  • Oversee team and fan apparel orders
  • Schedule campus visits for recruits
  • Aid in organizing community engagement activities
  • Aid in scheduling and operation UMary Wrestling Camps
  • Manage NCAA Compliance for the wrestling program (CARA logs, recruiting forms, etc.)
  • Be willing to drive and transport student-athletes to and from competitions
  • Other duties as assigned by the head coach

UMary Wrestling Program

The Wrestling program began in the fall of 1987 and Hall of Fame coach Milo Trusty was at the helm through 2002. Trusty led the Marauders to a stretch of 10 straight conference championships. Jerry Nagel picked up the University of Mary’s first All-American honor in 1989 and set the stage for Kerry Boumans to become the program’s first four-time All-American, a feat only five others would match. In 1992, Monte Trusty claimed the Marauders’ first national championship. Altogether, 10 Marauders have combined for 14 individual national championships in the program’s history. After placing fourth in 1992 and third in 1994 at the NAIA National Championships, UMary earned National Runner-up finishes for two straight years (1996 and 1997) as Mike Seeger won his second national title in 1996 and Joe Tezak and Dan Hughes won titles in 1997. The Marauders continued to be national title team contenders behind the efforts of grapplers like Jeremy Engelhardt, the program’s lone three-time champion (1999-00-01). Jesse Laber, a national champion in 2005, was the program’s last National Champion during the NAIA era, before becoming the program’s first NCAA DII All-American in 2008, which was the first year UMary was eligible to compete in the NCAA DII National tournament.


Since transitioning to NCAA DII, UMary has had nine NCAA DII All-Americans out of 15 national qualifiers. For the past four years in a row, UMary has qualified and brought home All-American honors from the national tournament. UMary has a strong following with an average home dual attendance of 500+ at every home dual. A couple seasons ago, the wrestling program set a home dual attendance record with over 1,100 fans and averaged over 927 fans at every home dual for the 2018-19 season.


In the most recent season, 2021, the Marauders qualified two individuals for the NCAA DII National tournament in St. Louis, MO. Braydon Huber at 165 and Max Bruss at 174 were the two qualifiers. Braydon Huber brought home All-American honors for the second time in his career to become the second Marauder to become a 2X DII All-American. Max Bruss lost a back-and-forth match in the blood rounds to finish just outside of placing. The upcoming 2022 season brings a lot of excitement. Nine starters from this past season will be returning which includes 2X All-American Braydon Huber (165) and national qualifier Max Bruss (174).


To gain some more insight into the UMary Wrestling program follow the program on all social media accounts by searching UMary Wrestling. Also, here is a YouTube playlist of some UMary wrestling videos. https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLLKIzBRPuRhX-f3gZtzXlY4qnTxF7sPzH


University of Mary Marauders Athletics

The University of Mary is a member of NCAA Division II and the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and offers nine varsity sports for women and eight for men. UMary became an active member of the NCAA in 2007. The process took only three years after the NCAA waived the final two provisional years, making the University of Mary’s transition to active membership one of the quickest in the organization’s history. The Marauders began competing in the NSIC in the fall of 2006.


Marauders History

Athletics at the University of Mary began in 1970 when Fritz Fell was brought on board to start a men’s basketball program. Al Bortke succeed Fell in 1973 as the men’s basketball coach and athletic director and over the next 36 years would develop an athletic program that enjoyed tremendous success at the NAIA level and later in NCAA Division II. After achieving a record of 335-156 in 16 years as the men’s basketball coach that included 11 20-win seasons, Bortke became UMary’s first full-time athletic director in 1989. During Bortke’s tenure, UMary grew from one varsity sport (men’s basketball) to 19, as the Marauders athletic program became a national power in the NAIA. A member of both the Marauders and NAIA athletic halls of fame, Bortke spearheaded the University of Mary’s move to NCAA Division II. For more information on the University of Mary, please watch a short video by clicking on this link: https://youtu.be/Go37Hy6QrVs.


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Review of application materials will begin immediately.  Position will remain open until filled.


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