Lakeland College has named assistant coach Dillon Bera as interim head wrestling coach. Bera was an assistant at Lakeland during the 2014-2015 season and takes over for the departed Quincy Osborn who left the school after one season as head coach. Bera previously coached at Oshkosh and was a four time NCAA Division II All-American at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.
Dillon Bera has been named Lakeland College’s interim head wrestling coach, Lakeland Interim Director of Athletics April Arvan announced today.
Bera served as an assistant coach for the Muskies the past year. He will replace Quincy Osborn, who resigned as coach earlier this month.
“I have spoken with quite a few individuals over the past week who have a passion for Muskie wrestling and the success of the program,” said Arvan. “It became very apparent that Coach Bera is a great fit to stabilize and drive the program toward success both on and off the mats.”
Bera came to Lakeland after spending the previous year as an assistant coach at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. He competed collegiately at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside from 2010-13, where he was a four-time NCAA Division II All-American. Competing at 157 pounds, his highest finish was as national runner-up and he also finished third, seventh and eighth in other trips to nationals.
Bera was a two-time team captain at UW-Parkside, won over 100 college matches and also was a two-time NCAA academic All-American before graduating in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He is a native of Kaukauna and was a two-time state qualifier in high school and a WIAA Division 1 state champion as a senior.
“I am honored to lead the Lakeland College wrestling team,” said Bera. “I look forward to fully committing to the Muskies as I did when I competed as a wrestler. The standards and expectations are set high and I am confident that our returners and incoming wrestlers will do great things for Lakeland. I firmly believe Lakeland College prepares students for success on and off the mat.”