Josh HardmanHardman has been hired as an assistant wrestling coach at Wabash College by head coach Brian Anderson. The two had been teammates at Manchester College, which, like Wabash, is a NCAA Division III school located in Indiana.
Although Hardman accepted the position at Wabash in August, the Crawfordsville, Ind. school officially made the announcement just this week.
Hardman takes the position most recently held by Danny Irwin, who is now the head coach at Wheeling Jesuit University.
Prior to coming to Wabash, Hardman had been on staff at Morningside College in Iowa, where he had served three seasons with the Mustangs as an assistant coach.
Hardman brings additional heartland-based coaching experience to Wabash. In addition to his time at Morningside, Hardman had coached at South Dakota State as well as served as head coach at Dakota Wesleyan University where he was also director of the sports management program.
In recent years, the Wabash wrestling program has enjoyed considerable success. In the past four years, the Little Generals have earned four consecutive top-ten team finishes at the NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament, including third-place efforts in 2015 and 2017 along with a fourth-place finish in 2016. In terms of individual wrestler success, Wabash can claim 16 All-America top-eight finishes individually since 2011, including six individual national titles.
Brian Anderson is eager to build on that success with the help of his friend and former teammate.
"This is an awesome opportunity for the Wabash wrestling program," Anderson said. "Coach Hardman was a college teammate of mine, and I've followed where he's been since we graduated. He's been a lot of different places and has learned from a lot of great coaches. He fits our program perfectly. To be able to reunite with a college teammate and to get to work with one of your best friends is going to be an awesome experience."
Hardman is equally excited to reunite with coach Anderson.
"First and foremost, knowing the program, where it has come from and where it has already risen to, it is an honor to be a part of this team," Hardman said. "To be able to work with Coach Anderson and help our student-athletes get to that national title that they're shooting for really excites me."
Wabash College is a private, liberal arts college for men, located west of Indianapolis in Crawfordsville, Ind. Founded in 1832, Wabash is one of the nation's three remaining male-only liberal arts colleges. The school has a total enrollment of approximately 900 students.