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Purdue alum Bedoy new coach at Indiana's Andrean High

Dan Bedoy

Dan Bedoy -- former Purdue University wrestler, and, most recently, head coach at Calumet College - has been named head wrestling coach at Andrean High School.

Bedoy will be taking the helm at Andrean, a 500-student Roman Catholic high school in Merrillville in northwest Indiana, a natural rival to Bishop Noll, a similarly-sized school in nearby Hammond ... and Bedoy's high school alma mater.

The Northwest Indiana Times described Bedoy as "the rare four-tool candidate," citing his being an Indiana state wrestling championships runner-up as a senior at Noll in 2002… an NCAA championships qualifier for Purdue in 2006 ... a collegiate coach at Calumet College of St. Joseph for the past two years ... and, before that, head coach at Griffith High School from 2013-16 ... all within the same part of the Hoosier State.

"Having gone through it at a pretty high level, kids seem to be more responsive, knowing that their coach has gone through it," Bedoy said. "It's easier to relate to them, because you were once in their position, and you get to draw on your experiences -- both good and bad. I think my own athletic journey really equipped me to help guide my athletes."

Kelly Fitzgerald, Andrean's athletic director, said of her school's new wrestling coach Bedoy, "He's bringing knowledge to the sport of wrestling here at Andrean that we weren't necessarily lacking, but we needed just a little bit more knowledge with the sport and dedication. He's the full package."

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