Shawn Contos has been hired as the head men’s wrestling coach at Iowa Wesleyan University, the school announced Friday. Contos will coach the Tigers in their inaugural season this fall. He joins Robert Watson-Powell who has been at the school recruiting since September and will be the head women’s coach. Contos has coached previously at Iowa State and Penn State and qualified for the 2012 Olympic Trials. He also made a brief comeback to college wrestling on Dubuque’s team in 2016 at age 41.
Mt. Pleasant, IA – March 27, 2020 – To continue to expand the Tiger Athletics Department and to give our students the best opportunities possible to succeed, IW announced on May 9, 2019, that Men’s and Women’s Wrestling would be added to the athletic department. Robert Powell was hired as the wrestling coach this past September to get the program going and begin recruiting for the fall of 2020. To give the programs the best ability to become successful, plans were in place to hire a second coach in the spring of 2020.
After a national search, the Iowa Wesleyan Athletics Department would like to announce that Shawn Contos has been given the title of Head Coach of the Tiger Men’s Wrestling program.