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Following a nine year run that included the DIII Rookie Coach of the Year Award, four MAC titles, four Midwest Region titles, six NCAA top ten finishes, and 26 NCAA All-Americans, Brandon Totten has stepped down from Delaware Valley to take a teaching position in New Jersey. See the full release below.
8/19/2011 1:44 PM
DOYLESTOWN (PA) – Brandon Totten, a 1996 graduate of Delaware Valley College, has resigned after nine years as head coach of his alma mater’s nationally-renowned wrestling program. He will remain with the Aggies until the end of September before becoming a health and physical education teacher at Christa McAuliffe Middle School in Jackson, New Jersey.
“This is a good opportunity for me and my family and one that I couldn’t pass up,” Totten, who resides in New Jersey, said. “At the same time, I am sad to leave my alma mater and the place I’ve been at the last nine years. I really enjoyed my time at Delaware Valley College and the relationships I build with the administration, the staff and my team.”
Totten returned to Delaware Valley in 2002 to take over the coaching reigns following the retirement of Hall of Famer Robert Marshall. During his tenure, Totten amassed a 130-38-3 record with four Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) championships (the last four years the conference sponsored the sport), four NCAA Midwest Regional championships and six, top 10 finishes at the NCAA Division III Championships. He picked up Coach of the Year accolades following all eight titles and was also the NCAA Division III Rookie Coach of the Year in 2003.
Individually, Totten saw 48 wrestlers qualify for the NCAA Division III Championships with 26 returning home as All-Americans (top eight finishes). Two wrestlers captured national titles in their respective weight classes while five others finished as the national tournament runner-up.
Totten was a two-time national champion (1995 and 1996) for the Aggies in his wrestling days and finished with a then school-record 122 wins (122-20). He was the first Delaware Valley grappler to be inducted into the National Wrestling Coaches Association/NCAA Division III Wrestling Hall of Fame in March of 2002.
“I want to thank Brandon Totten for his time and dedication to Delaware Valley College and I wish him the best with his new position,” Aggie athletic director Frank Wolfgang said.
The search for Totten’s successor will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is found.