"We are excited to welcome Kyle to the pack," Ludwig said. "He's a great example of high character and work ethic. Those are values we preach to the team. He was a fine competitor in the MAC and brings a wealth of experience as a successful student-athlete that will translate well to the squad."
Kyle SpringerA graduate of Eastern Michigan where he earned a bachelor of science in exercise science, Springer was a member of the Eagles' wrestling team from 2014-18. While at EMU, Springer posted an 84-57 record and was a three-time Academic All-MAC honoree.
"I worked for a former NIU assistant at Lake Erie, so being here is kind of like coming full circle," Springer said. "I've known coach Ludwig for quite awhile with my own recruiting process. I'm just excited to be here and see what the season brings."
Springer comes NIU after spending the last two seasons as a graduate assistant coach at Lake Erie College under former NIU assistant coach Jeff Breese. During his tenure with the Storm, Springer assisted in all areas of program management including designing and administering strength and conditioning programs, competition scheduling and donor relations.
The NIU wrestling team will hold its annual season kickoff event on Saturday, October 12, 2018. The event will be held at Hobnobbers Food & Spirits at 2030 Baron Dr. in Sycamore, Ill., from 12-3 p.m. and will feature food, a silent auction and an autograph session with the Huskies.
Cost is $15 per adult and $8 per child (12 and under) with all proceeds going directly to the Huskie wrestling program.
The Huskies begin their season with the annual Red/Black Dual on Oct. 24 in Victor E. Court before traveling to East Lansing, Mich. for season opener at Michigan State Open Nov. 2.
NIU will play host to Bucknell Nov. 15 as part of an eight-match home slate, which includes the always competitive conference schedule.