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Rochester College adds wrestling, Holdren named head coach

Rochester College Athletic Director Klint Pleasant is pleased to announce the addition of wrestling to the athletic department's list of sports and that Paul Holdren will be the first head coach.

After graduating from Albion Senior High School, Holdren attended Albion College where he lettered four years on the wrestling team. During his time on the team, Holdren was named captain twice, MVP twice, had an overall record of 49-7-1 and holds 11 Albion College wrestling records.

In 2013 Coach Holdren was inducted into the Albion College Athletic Hall of Fame.

After finishing his wrestling career at Albion College, Holdren started his coaching career at Albion High School. He then took on the job at Marlette High School. After one year there, Holdren became the varsity head coach at Flint Northwestern High School. Holdren took on the same position at Bentley High School in 1996. In 2002, Holdren established a nationally recognized wrestling program at Mott Community College. During his time at Mott CC, Holdren coached one national champion, 15 All-Americans and 44 national qualifiers.

Pleasant is excited about the new wrestling program and to have Coach Holdren on board. "Our athletic department is growing and we look forward to watching wrestling grow as a college sport. High school wrestling in this area has been very strong over the years and there are not many college options. We look forward to interacting with new student-athletes and introducing them to our school's culture and mission. Coach Holdren has come highly recommended and we also look forward to watching him mentor our student-athletes."

Coach Holdren's High School coaching achievements:‚Äč
  • Total Record 88-21-1
  • Three-time District Champ
  • Two-time Top Ten State Finish
  • Coached 21 All-State Wrestlers
  • Nominated Michigan Coach of the Year three times

    Rochester College is a four-year private school located in Rochester Hills, Mich. just outside Detroit. It has a student enrollment of approximately 1,100. Its sports programs -- including the new wrestling program -- compete in NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics).
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