Nate Yetzer Named Wrestling Coach at Ferrum

11/29/2012 -

FERRUM, Va. -- Ferrum College held a press conference today to introduce its new Head Wrestling Coach, Nate Yetzer. The College recently announced that it would resurrect its wrestling program after a nearly 25-year absence.

Ferrum President Dr. Jennifer L. Braaten made opening comments, with Director of Athletics Abe Naff introducing Yetzer as the College's second-ever head wrestling coach. National Wrestling Coaches Association Executive Director Mike Moyer was on hand for the press conference as well.

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Yetzer comes to Ferrum from Blacksburg, Virginia, where he served the past six years as an assistant coach for the Virginia Tech wrestling program. Yetzer worked under Head Coach Kevin Dresser, helping to coordinate daily training sessions and assisting with office administration.

Yetzer helped the Hokies to a #11 finish at the 2012 NCAA Division I Tournament. The Hokies had two All-Americans, six NCAA qualifiers and three ACC champions in 2012.

Yetzer also assisted with recruitment and visitations of potential Virginia Tech student-athletes, fundraising activities, travel coordination and monitoring academic progress of student-athletes.

Prior to joining the Hokies' staff, Yetzer served as assistant coach one year at Binghamton University in Vestal, New York. In that role, he helped with all facets of the Bearcats' NCAA Division I wrestling program.

Yetzer served four years (2000-04) as a clinician at the Bruce Baumgartner World-Class Wrestling Camps in Edinboro, Pennsylvania. He also served as an assistant wrestling coach four years (2002-04, 2006) for the Ohio Junior National Team.

Yetzer wrestled for NCAA Division I Edinboro University from 2001-05. He won Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference titles in 2004 and 2005, and earned the Eastern Wrestling League title in 2004. Yetzer was a four-time NCAA Division I Tournament qualifier, and capped his 2004 season with an All-American finish when he placed 8th in the 174-pound weight class.

Yetzer prepped at Madison High School in Ohio. He was an Ohio High School Athletic Association state finalist in 1999 and 2000, winning a state title in 2000. Yetzer went on to a National High School Coaches Association (NHCAA) national runner-up finish in 2000, and earned five Freestyle and Greco-Roman All-America finishes.

Yetzer earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Edinboro in 2005. He earned his Master of Arts degree in Health Promotions from Virginia Tech in 2012. Yetzer and his wife, the former Leah Scott, have twin boys, three-year olds Jack and Nick.

Ferrum offers 33 areas of study ranging from business and environmental science to teacher education and criminal justice. The College features a dedicated faculty and staff, campus-wide wireless Internet and small class sizes. The 1,500 men and women who attend Ferrum come from 25 states and a dozen countries, and 80-plus percent live on Ferrum's 700-acre campus.

Ferrum sponsored wrestling three years from 1985-86 through 1987-88 before discontinuing the program. The Panthers were led by Coach Clyde Smith.

The College announced it would restart the wrestling program this summer, with plans to field a club-level program during the upcoming 2012-13 school year and varsity competition slated for 2013-14. Anyone interested in joining the Panther wrestling program should contact Coach Yetzer at (540) 365-4431 or nyetzer@ferrum.edu.
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