ALLIANCE, Ohio—The University of Mount Union has named Bill Schindel its new head wrestling coach.
Schindel is the eighth wrestling coach in school history and takes over for Mark Hawald who recently resigned to take a head coaching position at another Division III institution.
"We are all confident in Bill's ability to motivate our student-athletes both on the mat and in the classroom," commented athletic director Larry Kehres. "I know his hard work and dedication will allow our wrestling program to continue moving forward."
He spent this past season as an assistant coach at Mount Union and assisted in every facet of the program including administrative duties. This past season, the Purple Raiders captured their second straight Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament title and finished 15th at the NCAA Division III National Championships.
Schindel made the move off the mat after a stellar career for the Purple Raiders. He is only the third three-time All-American in team history after placing third at NCAA Division III National Championships in 2011, seventh in 2010, and eighth in 2009.
A three-time OAC Champion at 197 lbs, he ranks ninth on the school's all-time wins list with an 83-17 record over his three-year career as a Raider.
Schindel's accomplishments off the mat are just as impressive as those on it. He was a two-time NWCA Scholar All-American and received the Clyde Lamb Award, which is presented annually to the top male and female student-athlete from each OAC institution.
"I look forward to meeting the opportunities and challenges of taking over the wrestling program at Mount Union," commented Schindel. "We have great facilities, programs, faculty and staff. Coach Hawald did a great job of establishing Mount Union on the national level and I am excited to continue and grow that tradition in the coming years. This is my dream job and I am proud to stay a Raider."
A native of Tallmadge, he attended Akron Archbishop Hoban High School and graduated with a bachelor's degree in education from Mount Union in 2011.