New Northern Colorado assistant coach Justin Oliver (middle) (photo courtesy of Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com)
Today, the University of Northern Colorado announced the hiring of a new member of their coaching staff, assistant coach Justin Oliver. Oliver comes to the Bears after spending a year on the Michigan State staff as a volunteer assistant. Previously, Oliver coached at Buffalo for two seasons.
Oliver is a Davison, Michigan native that competed for Central Michigan for three seasons, before moving on to NC State as a graduate transfer. As a redshirt freshman, Oliver earned All-American honors for the Chippewas, taking seventh at 149 lbs. In each of the next two years, Oliver's season ended in the NCAA Round of 12. During all four seasons of competition, Oliver earned a top-ten seed at the NCAA Championships.
During his year at Michigan State, Oliver saw two middleweights earn NCAA berths, as 157 lber Chase Saldate and 165 lber Caleb Fish, both competed in Detroit.
Northern Colorado head coach Troy Nickerson had this to say about Oliver's hire. â€œWe are very excited to add Justin to our staff. Justin has found success at every level as a competitor and a coach. He will add a ton of value to our program in everything from running the practice room to recruiting and developing student-athletes. We are excited to welcome him and his fiance to Greeley!â€
The Bears saw 141 lber Andrew Alirez win the program's first Big 12 crown in 2022 and came up a match shy of All-American status. Needless to say, the addition of Oliver will impact UNC's leading wrestler, along with plenty of others up and down the lineup.
Oliver joins a Northern Colorado staff that already has Garret Kiley as the associate head coach and Earl Hall as the volunteer assistant and is led by Nickerson.