Dana VoteThe Fremont, Neb. university has named Dana Vote as head coach for both the men's and women's wrestling programs, replacing Beau Vest, who took the helm at the new mat program at Cowley College in Kansas in mid-March.
Vote comes to Midland from Iowa State, where he served as Director of Wrestling Operations. Prior to that, Vote was head coach at Concordia (Neb.) University for four years where he was twice named Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Wrestling Coach of the Year. Vote guided the Bulldogs to two GPAC Championships and two Regional Championships. He was also named the North Region Coach of the Year on two occasions.
Vote's coaching career began at Iowa's Buena Vista University, where, after wrestling varsity for three years, first served as a student assistant coach for one season, then four additional years as an assistant coach.
In his decade as a college wrestling coach, Vote has mentored one national champion, 11 All-Americans, 32 national qualifiers and 12 Academic All-Americans.
"Coach Vote has cultivated excellence throughout his career and we look forward to seeing him build on our wrestling tradition," said Midland University Director of Athletics Dave Gillespie. "A leader who embodies the ideals of our university, Dana will push our athletes to excel in the classroom, in their sport, and as citizens."
Midland University is a four-year, private liberal arts college located in Fremont, Neb., 25 miles northwest of Omaha. The school has an enrollment of approximately 1,300 students. The Midland men's wrestling program competes in the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics); the Lady Warriors women's wrestling program is part of the Women's Collegiate Wrestling Association (WCWA).