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|Ferrum College tabs Yetzer to lead wrestling team|
Nate Yetzer has been hired to lead Ferrum College' wrestling team which will make its return to the intercollegiate mats during the 2013-2014 academic year. (Photo courtesy of Virginia Tech)
Monday, July 2, 2012
By STEVEN MARSH - Sports Editor
FERRUM -- Former Virginia Tech assistant wrestling coach Nate Yetzer has been hired to lead Ferrum College's new program, which will return to the intercollegiate mats in 2013-2014.
Yetzer spent six years with the Hokies, four of which he served as a full-time assistant coach.
Ferrum has scheduled a press conference for Friday to introduce Yetzer.
Wrestling's return to Ferrum's intercollegiate athletic roster increases the school's sports offerings to 17 -- nine sports for men and eight for women.
Ferrum and Washington and Lee University will be the only instate NCAA Division III schools with wrestling teams. Nationwide, Ferrum becomes the 89th Division III school to sponsor the sport, according to the NCAA.
The Panthers will compete in the sport at the club level during the 2012-2013 academic year, Ferrum Assistant Director of Athletics and Sports Information Director Gary Holden said.
Wrestling becomes the third recent addition to Ferrum's sports program. In the spring semester of 2010, men's lacrosse made its debut on the Western Franklin County campus, while last year, women's swimming made its debut.
Wrestling was a part of Ferrum's athletic roster nearly 25 years ago. Franklin County resident Clyde Smith was the Panthers' head coach.
During his tenure with the Hokies, Yetzer worked with wrestlers in the lightweight and middleweight classes and conducted most of the team's on-mat training.
Yetzer finished his college career at Edinboro (Pa.) University with a 103-33 record. He was a three time NCAA Division I qualifier and a two-time team Most Outstanding Wrestler.
Yetzer was an All-American as a junior when he placed eighth in the Division I nationals at 174 pounds after winning three matches in the tournament.
As a senior, Yetzer competed at 165 pounds and finished 36-7, including a 14-1 dual-match record. He won championships in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) and the Eastern Wrestling League, and was voted the PSAC's Outstanding Wrestler.
Yetzer graduated for Edinboro with a degree in business administration in May 2005.
Yetzer, a former state champion high school wrestler in Ohio, is married and the father of twin boys.