Duane Goldman is in his 23rd season at the helm of the Indiana wrestling program. The Hoosiers have seen a tremendous amount of success during Goldman's tenure.
Last season, Goldman continued to make his mark in IU Wrestling history by taking the Hoosiers to the NCAA Championships for the 22nd time under his leadership, the most by any coach in school history (Charlie McDaniel led the Hoosiers to 19 NCAA appearances over 26 years). Goldman has taken at least one wrestler to the NCAA's every season. His 271 career dual match victories are also a school record. His .636 career winnings percentage is second all-time and the best of any IU coach since 1945.
During the 2013-14 season, Goldman added to his All-American tally with Adam Chalfant's sixth place finish at the NCAA Championships. Chalfant became Goldman's 27th All-American.
In the offseason prior to the 2013-14 season, Goldman's recruiting prowess was on display, hauling in another top-20 ranked recruiting class. In 2010, Goldman and his staff cracked the top-10 according to Intermat's class rankings, welcoming in the 7th-slotted class to Bloomington. Goldman and his staff have made their presence felt on the national recruiting scene since arriving here at IU. During the 2001 recruiting period, Goldman and his staff pulled in a class ranked among many publications' top-10 lists, a feat matched again in 2005 and 2010. In addition, the 2009 class was slotted 23rd nationally.
Under the guidance of Goldman, Angel Escobedo became the first four-time All-American in school history. Escobedo left Bloomington as one of, if not the most, decorated grappler to ever don the Cream and Crimson with a national championships, four trips to the All-America podium and ranking second all-time in both career wins and pins at IU.
Indiana's six automatic qualifiers in 2009 under the new qualifying standards implemented by NCAA were the third most in the Big Ten Conference.
The 2007-08 season ended with a 12th place finish in the team standings at the NCAAs. Escobedo led the way with his national championship run in the 125-lbs. weight class. It marked the third time in a four-year span that one of Goldman's wrestlers won the 125-lbs. title after Joe Dubuque did so in 2005 and 2006.
Goldman reached a coaching milestone on Feb. 3, 2008, when he guided the Hoosiers to a 23-9 win over Michigan State, his 200th career coaching victory. Goldman tied his own school record by leading a total of eight NCAA Qualifiers to the NCAAs that season, marking the third time Goldman has done so. Goldman originally set the record back in 1994.
In 2006-07, the Hoosiers saw three wrestlers reach the All-American stand in Escobedo (4th), Matt Coughlin (7th) and Andrae Hernandez (8th). Goldman has qualified wrestlers for the NCAA Tournament in all 17 of his seasons as head coach.
During the 2005-06 season, the Hoosiers turned in a 16th-place finish at the NCAA championship and saw two grapplers place, as Dubuque and Brandon Becker captured All-American status. Those two were joined by Hernandez, Dave Herman and Max Dean at the NCAAs. Dubuque became the first wrestler in IU history to win back-to-back national championships.
The 2004-05 campaign was one to remember as the Hoosiers finished ninth at the NCAA Tournament with three All-Americans, including a national champion in Dubuque. It was IU's first national championship since Brian Dolph won in 1990. Becker and Pat DeGain also reached the All-American stand that season. Goldman has amassed 75 Big Ten All-Academic team members, 14 NWCA Scholar-Athletes, three national champions, 83 NCAA qualifiers and 23 All-Americans.
At the 2004 NCAA Championships, Goldman led the Hoosiers to a 28th-place finish. Dubuque and Coyte Cooper added two more All-Americans to Goldman's total. During the 2003-04 season, Goldman became the school's all-time leader in wins as he passed coaching legend Charlie McDaniel.
In 2002-03, Goldman led the Hoosiers to 16 dual meet victories, a school record. Goldman then topped that record in 2004 mounting 17. He also guided Cooper, Greg Schaefer and Ty Matthews to the NCAA Championships.
Goldman graduated one of his most honored wrestlers in Viktor Sveda in 2002. Sveda finished his career with a 149-28 record and 47 pins. Both the 149 wins and 47 pins are school records, eclipsing the marks set by Roger Chandler from 1994-1997.
Success for Indiana wrestling under Goldman goes beyond the mat. Indiana wrestlers know they are expected to be as dedicated in the classroom as they are on the mat.
In 2000-01, 11 Hoosiers earned Academic All-Big Ten accolades during the season, the most in conference history by any wrestling team in a single season (Illinois also had 11 Academic All-Big Ten members in 2001). Goldman attributes this academic progress to the fact that he and his staff have made a conscious effort to recruit the best student-athletes each year, instead of just the best athletes.
Indiana wrestling has earned national recognition for its academic progress over the last few seasons. The National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) has recognized 16 Hoosiers as NWCA Scholar-Athletes since 2001. Max Dean earned that recognition three consecutive years (2005-07) and Ryan LeBlanc is the most recent to do so, earning the honor in 2013. Matt Powless, a 2012 IU graduate, was a four-time NWCA Scholar-Athlete.
Vice President and Director of Athletics Fred Glass presented the 2012 Spirit of Indiana Directors Award to Powless. This award is the most prestigious award presented by the department given to two senior student-athletes, which best represent The Spirit of Indiana: 24 Sports, One Team.
Goldman served as an assistant under former Indiana head coach, and current Michigan head coach Joe McFarland before being elevated to the top spot in 1992. Prior to arriving in Bloomington, he spent a year as an assistant at Army.
As a collegiate wrestler, Goldman dominated under the tutelage of legendary head coach Dan Gable at the University of Iowa. In his four years as a Hawkeye, Goldman accumulated a 132-10 career record, won four Big Ten Championships and finished as a four-time NCAA All-American. After three consecutive second-place finishes, he won the NCAA Championships in his final season at 190 pounds.
On Sept. 5, 2009, Goldman was officially inducted into the University of Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame.
After winning NCAAs, Goldman went on to compete extensively on the international level as a member of the U.S. National Team. He won a gold medal at the Pan-American Championships in 1987 and was a member of the 1987 World Cup Team that took bronze in Ulan Bator, Mongolia. Goldman has won two Canadian Cup Championships, placed second in the Cerro Pelado Tournament, in Cuba, and medaled in various tournaments throughout Europe. Along with all these accomplishments, he earned a fifth-place finish at the renowned Tbilisi Tournament in the former Soviet Union. In addition, he served as an alternate on the U.S. Olympic team in 1988. In the same year, he spent a season with the Martiyny Club de Lutte in Martigny, Switzerland, where he both competed and coached.
Goldman earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Iowa in 1986 in general studies. He went on to earn his master's degree from IU in administration in 1997. During the summer of 2000, Goldman accompanied former assistant coach Charles Burton to the 2000 Sydney Olympics, where he served as an assistant coach and training partner. In April of 2008 he was inducted into the Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame.
The Colorado Springs, Colo., native and his wife, Patricia have two daughters, Aphten and Avery, and one son, Garret. Aphten is a recent IU graduate and served as the wrestling team manager for four seasons. Garrett will be a 197-pound redshirt sophomore Hoosier during the 2013-14 season after taking home an Indiana state title as a senior in high school.
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