The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater has named Heidelberg head coach Ned Shuck as their new head coach. Shuck takes over a team that placed second in the NCAA Championships and will be one of the favorites for the team championship in 2015. Shuck spent three seasons as the head coach at Heidelberg after a stint as an assistant coach at Augsburg. Read below for more.
Ned Shuck has been hired as head wrestling coach at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, the institution announced Monday, August 25.
Shuck begins his tenure with the Warhawks after serving as head wrestling coach at Heidelberg University, an NCAA Division III institution in Tiffin, Ohio.
During his three years at Heidelberg, Shuck led the Student Princes to consecutive Ohio Athletic Conference championships (2012-13, 2013-14) and mentored 22 All-OAC selections, four academic all-conference honorees, seven National Wrestling Coaches Association Academic All-Americans and six individual NCAA qualifiers, including one All-American. He was selected OAC Coach of the Year last season.
“We are excited to welcome Ned and his family to UW-Whitewater,” director of athletics Amy Edmonds said. “We are very impressed with his level of expertise and the success he has had in coaching at the Division III level. We are confident that Ned will continue our wrestling program’s success while fostering the best possible environment for our student-athletes to succeed both on and off the mat.”
While at Heidelberg, Shuck managed all facets of the wrestling program, including academic performance, fundraising, marketing, camps, alumni relations and community service.
Shuck served as an assistant coach at perennial national power Augsburg (Minn.) from 2009-11. He helped lead the Augies to the 2010 NCAA Division III championship and a runner-up performance at the 2011 national championships. Shuck helped coach 13 All-Americans, four national finalists and one national champion during his tenure at Augsburg.
“I would like to thank chancellor Richard Telfer, director of athletics Amy Edmonds and associate director of athletics Bob Lanza for their confidence in me to lead the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater wrestlers to excellence in the classroom, on the mat and in life,” Shuck said. “My family and I are thrilled to be members of the UW-Whitewater family and the Whitewater community. The wrestling program has a tremendous tradition of excellence and I look forward to honoring that by building men of character as we strive for national championships.”
During his career, Shuck also served as an assistant coach with the Ohio Cadet/Junior National Team (2012-14) and as head coach for the Minnesota Storm Freestyle Cadet team (2009-11). He was a full scholarship recipient for the NWCA Leadership Academy in 2011.
Shuck wrestled at the University of Iowa from 2000-05. He was a four-time letter winner and three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection for the Hawkeyes.
Shuck inherits a Warhawks program that has finished among the top 10 in NCAA Division III in each of the last three seasons. UW-Whitewater won the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title for the third straight year and finished as the national runner-up, the program’s best-ever finish, in 2013-14. Five student-athletes earned All-America accolades.
In addition to his coaching duties, Shuck will be an instructor for UW-Whitewater’s Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Coaching department. He begins in September.
Shuck and his wife, Jennifer, have two children, Lukas (4 years old) and Micah (1).