Nick NothernNothern becomes the fourth head coach in the 18 year history of the program and takes over for Wayne Petterson who is retiring after 12 seasons at the helm.
"The Neosho wrestling program has a history of success," Saddler said. "As we went through the process of searching for our next head coach it became clear that Nick Nothern had the energy and passion to help lift our program back to the upper echelon of NJCAA wrestling."
A 2010 graduate of Cornell (IA) College, Nothern returned to his alma mater in 2013-14 as an assistant coach. In four (4) seasons as an assistant at Cornell Nothern coached 13 NCAA National Qualifiers and four (4) All-Americans including a pair of National Finalists. The Rams finished in the top 20 at the NCAA Championships in three of the four seasons while at Cornell including a 10th place finish in 2015-16 which is the 3rd highest in the program's history.
"I'm really excited about the opportunity to take over a program with a great tradition of success," said Nothern. "Coach Petterson has done an outstanding job over the past 12 years and I look forward to using him as a resource as I transition into the position."
"The opportunities and value that Neosho offers, in the classroom and on the mat, make it an attractive option for any student-athlete who wants the opportunity to succeed at the next level."
Prior to returning to his alma mater, Nothern spent the 2012-13 season at Bethany College where he coached one All-American, and two seasons (2010-12) at Iowa Lakes Community College where he coached four All-Americans and a National Champion.
A standout wrestler at Cornell, Nothern was a four-time NCAA qualifier while earning All-American honors three times including a runner-up finish as a junior. Nothern currently ranks sixth all-time in wins at Cornell College with 118.
Nothern, a native of Salina, Kansas, earned his Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology from Cornell College and a Master's Degree in Higher Education from Iowa State University in 2012. He and his wife Beth have one child, a daughter Stella (1).