Heidelberg head coach Nathan Shearer will be moving south to fill the vacancy at Washington & Lee University. Shearer was an assistant at Heidelberg for one season before taking over for Jason Miller for the 2010-2011 season. Prior to his time at Heidelberg, Shearer spent four seasons as the assistant at Ohio Northern, his alma mater. This past season, Heidelberg finished 2nd in the OAC and sent three wrestlers to the NCAA Championships in La Crosse.
Shearer will replace Gary Franke at Washington & Lee. Franke spent 38 years as the head coach of the Generals while also coaching the men’s tennis team from 1979-2000, winning the 1988 NCAA tennis championship. Franke is a member of the NCAA Division III wrestling committee and recently published an article about sportsmanship on d3wrestle.com and elsewhere. Washington & Lee has yet to make a formal announcement of Shearer’s hiring.