Mishawaka High School has chosen its next head wrestling coach.
Superintendent Dr. Terry Barker announced Monday that Bryce Hasseman is set to take over the Cavemen program, pending school board approval.
Hasseman won an individual state title in Indiana at Franklin High School in 2000. He wrestled collegiately at the Division I level at Bloomsburg University, qualifying for the NCAA Tournament in 2005.
Hasseman was a volunteer assistant coach with Division I college powerhouse Oklahoma State the past three years. He competed in the Olympic Trials as one of the top post-collegiate wrestlers in America the past several years.
“We are pleased that we were able to secure a coach of Bryce’s caliber to fill this position,” Barker said in a statement. "We believe Bryce brings the technical skills, potential for developing positive relationships, and personal integrity necessary to lead the Cavemen wrestling program to even greater levels of accomplishment and prominence."Hasseman takes over for Darrick Synder, who resigned after it came to light that a wrestler on the Mishawaka team was sexually assaulted by several of his teammates. Snyder was not charged in the case. He is now a social studies teacher and assistant wrestling coach at Brownsburg.
Hasseman goes before the school board for approval on Tuesday night.“I am honored to have been asked to become the head wrestling coach in a tradition-rich program like Mishawaka,” Hasseman in a statement. “While I have always loved competing as a wrestler, my true passion is to help young wrestlers achieve their potential. I am very confident that the Cavemen wrestling program can win championships at both the state and national level. I also agree with the school administration that as important as it is for me to help my athletes become championship level wrestlers, it is even more important for me to help them become championship level human beings."