Coady Schiltz Deployed to Iraq
Panther 157-pounder gets sent to Iraq
14 January, 2008
MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee Panther wrestler Coady Schiltz is being deployed to Iraq in the near future. He received the news on Jan. 4th.
Coady, a freshman from Mauston, WI, was the team's starting 157-pounder and was showing impressive improvement according to Panther head coach Koy Kosek.
"We needed him in our line-up, but the United States Navy needs him in their line-up worse," said Coach Kosek. "As long as I'm the coach here, Coady has a place on this team waiting for him when he gets home. He would do the Navy's physical training in the morning and our wrestling work-outs at night. The only time he ever argued with me was when I told him he was training too much. I've got a pretty good group, but when he was here, Coady worked harder than anyone on my team."
Schiltz was recruited as a wrestler at various colleges, but he elected to go to UW-Milwaukee, in large part because of the ROTC program the Navy offers at the school. Getting deployed to Iraq was not part of his plan, but Coady feels he's ready to take on the challenge.
"It was kind of a surprise to me. It wasn't planned," Schiltz said. "But I'm needed and it's my job, so I can't complain. I'm ready. It's what I was doing before coming to college and it's what I was trained to do [in the ROTC program]."
The exact location and duration of Schiltz's mission are classified, although he will be in Iraq. He is not sure about the precise date that he'll be coming back, but he is clear about what his intentions will be once he returns home.
"I'm wrestling when I get back," stated Schiltz. "I didn't get to finish what I started."