Robert Watson-Powell returns to NEC

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Robert Watson-Powell has been named head coach at New England College. Watson-Powell spent last season recruiting for Iowa Wesleyan’s inaugural season, and he returns to the Henniker, New Hampshire, school where he was a graduate assistant prior to his time in Iowa.

During the 2019-2020 season, he was the men’s and women’s head coach at Iowa Wesleyan. Earlier this spring, Watson-Powell was announced as the women’s head coach at IWU when Shawn Contos joined the school as the men’s coach. With Watson-Powell’s departure for New England College, Contos has assumed control of both teams at Iowa Wesleyan.

Powell competed for Muskingum University and has also coached at the high school level at Kenston and Willard in Ohio. He replaces John Archambeau who launched the team in 2016. New England College qualified one wrestler to the 2020 NCAA Championships.

Watson-Powell Named as NEC Wrestling Head Coach

HENNIKER, N.H. – New England College Director of Athletics Dave DeCew has announced today the hiring of Robert Watson-Powell as the new head wrestling coach.

“We were very excited to have a very strong pool of candidates for our Head Wrestling Coach position.  Throughout the time, Robert rose to the top as the best candidate.  He has a desire to continue with some of the good work that has already been done, while also infusing new ideas and continuing to build a positive culture of accountability.  His ability to recruit and develop student-athletes has all of us excited for the future of the program.”

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