Indiana University head wrestling coach Duane Goldman has hired storied Hoosier Matt Powless as an assistant coach. Powless, a 2011 All-American joins the coaching staff full-time after serving as the volunteer coach since 2012 while completing his master's degree in Counseling Counselor Education.
"We are excited to keep Matt involved with IU Wrestling," said Goldman. "For several seasons, he was a leader for us on the mat and in the classroom. We look forward to his helping to develop our current athletes in all aspects, on their own roads to success."
"I am extremely excited about the opportunity to coach at Indiana University," said Powless. "I competed with immense pride for this university and I bleed Cream and Crimson. I intend to help these wrestlers do the same."
Powless racked up 124 wins during his IU career, the fifth-highest total in school history. En route to the All-American stand in 2011, he led all of Division-I wrestling with 13 major decisions and paced the Big Ten with 39 overall wins (seventh-most all-time in a single season at IU). In total, the Newburgh, Ind., native accumulated an overall career record of 124-43 with 35 major decisions, 18 pins and six technical falls.
Powless was named Indiana's Most Outstanding Wrestling twice in 2011 and 2012 after earning IU's Most Improved Wrestler laurels as a sophomore in 2010.
His resume stretches far beyond the mat, however, leaving an academic legacy as well. Powless is the only four-time Academic All-American in program history and was tabbed as a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar following both his junior and senior campaigns.
Most notably though is Powless' selection as a 2012 Spirit of Indiana Directors Award honoree. This accolade is the most prestigious award presented by IU Athletics Department, rewarded annually by IU Vice President and Director of Athletics Fred Glass; given to just two student-athletes which best represent The Spirit of Indiana: 24 Sports, One Team.
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