MANHEIM, PA – University at Buffalo wrestling head coach John Stutzman has been named a finalist for the 2019 NWCA Division I National Coach of the Year.
Stutzman is in his sixth and finest season as the head coach of the Bulls. UB went 12-5 in duals on the year, tying the most wins in a season since returning to the Division I ranks in 1998. The Bulls also won a school-record five Mid-American Conference duals.
At last week's MAC Championships, two UB wrestlers won individual titles. Troy Keller was the champion at 165 lbs. and Brett Perry won the 197-lb. championship. In total, six Bulls qualified for the NCAA Championships, tying the most since 2011.
The National winner will be announced at the NWCA Coaches Social on Tuesday, March 19. The winner will be determined by a vote of all NWCA Division I member coaches.
The National Coach of the Year award, presented by Defense Soap, is in its second year of existence and is intended to honor the coach who has had the most outstanding season up to the NCAA Championship which includes dual meet success and conference tournament placement.