Paul Rademacher (Photo/Bob Palermini)
Indiana Tech has hired Paul Rademacher as head coach of its new women's intercollegiate wrestling program, the Fort Wayne-based school announced Monday.
As InterMat reported in mid-February, Indiana Tech had announced it would launch the first women's college wrestling program in the state of Indiana. The new team is slated to take to the mats for the first time in the 2020-21 school year, completing in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
"We are ecstatic to bring Paul into the Warrior Family and lead our women's wrestling program," said Indiana Tech Athletic Director Debbie Warren. "His background in freestyle wrestling, knowledge of the NAIA and overall experience elevated him in this highly competitive search and we look forward to seeing him build the program and grow the sport of women's wrestling in the Midwest."
Rademacher brings a strong background as a wrestler and wrestling coach of both male and female athletes at the collegiate and high school levels.
Rademacher wrestled at Oregon State from 1999-2003, where he was named to the Pac-10 All-Academic Second Team as a senior. Most recently, he served as associate head coach for the women's wrestling team at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. During his two years with the Raiders he went 14-14 and led the team to an eighth-place finish at the first-ever NAIA National Invitational this past March and a 12th-place performance at the Women's College Wrestling Association (WCWA) Championships in 2018. He coached six All-Americans during his time at Southern Oregon.
Prior to his time at SOU, Rademacher served as the head coach for the boys and girls wrestling teams at Henley High School in Oregon for two seasons. Before that, he coached at Mount Vernon High School in Washington State.
"I am very excited and honored to be selected to be the first women's wrestling head coach at Indiana Tech," Rademacher said. "It was very obvious that Indiana Tech was fully invested in starting this program and being successful. I believe Fort Wayne will be a great place for women's wrestling and that student-athletes will come from around the country to join the Warriors and be a part of the Indiana Tech community."
"The opportunity to start the program from scratch and set a culture of character, integrity, academic and athletic excellence was a major draw for me," Rademacher continued. "I look forward to working with the other athletic programs to continue the national success that Indiana Tech has produced."
Indiana Tech is located in Fort Wayne, Indiana's second-largest city, in the northeast part of the state. Founded in 1930, this four-year, private school has an enrollment of approximately 8,600 students.