Bedoy returns to Calumet College of St. Joseph as head coach

Former Crimson Wave wrestler Dan Bedoy is returning to the place where he concluded his collegiate mat career by being named head wrestling coach at Calumet College of St. Joseph, the northwest Indiana school announced Wednesday.

Bedoy replaces Ryan Rivera, who resigned at the end of the 2016-17 season.

Dan Bedoy
A native of Hammond, Ind., Bedoy wrestled his senior year at CCSJ after first wrestling at Purdue University, where he was a 2006 NCAA qualifier for the Boilermakers at 165 pounds.

Prior to college, Bedoy wrestled at Bishop Noll High School, where he was a three-time letterwinner, and Indiana state wrestling championships finalist.

Bedoy launched his coaching career as an assistant at Munster (Ind.) High School in 2008, helping the Mustangs to place three wrestlers on the podium at the state tournament. He also served as a volunteer assistant coach for Purdue wrestling, and, more recently, for the Boiler Elite Wrestling Club, which is a Regional Training Site for USA Wrestling that has earned Indiana State Wrestling Association Club of the Year honors in the past.

"I look back at Daniel Bedoy in his years as a high school wrestler -- he was tough -- so tough that he qualified for the State Finals Tournament, was runner-up and he accomplished this with a fracture in his arm as well as a torn medial collateral ligament," said CCSJ Athletic Director Rick Torres said. "This is the type of toughness Danny brings to the wrestling program and this is the type of toughness that he will demand from his athletes. More importantly, Danny will bring a balanced attitude as he completed his degree at Purdue University, and will be equally demanding on his athletes to be successful in their academics so that they complete their degree and have good futures."

"We have established a great tradition with Coach Rivera where we have had a string of eight years where we qualified a wrestler for the [NAIA] National Championships, and we are confident that Danny will be able to build on that," Torres continued. "We are very fortunate to get coach of Danny's caliber, and we look forward to continue to build on the recent success we have had."

Dan Bedoy is eager to return to the Crimson Wave wrestling room, this time as head coach.

"I'm really honored to get the opportunity to lead the team here at CCSJ," Bedoy said. "Coach Ryan Rivera has done a great job during his tenure here and I am really looking to expand upon the foundation he has built.

"The opportunity to coach under the leadership of Athletic Director Torres is exciting as well, because he is widely-known and a proven coach in the area. I have no doubt that the success he has had on the track will continue to translate to his new role to lead CCSJ to one of the top NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) athletic programs in the country; and to be a part of that is exciting."

"My vision for the direction of this team is to empower young men with the belief and life skills it takes to be successful in any endeavor -- challenge them to be examples of that through the sport of wrestling for their peers, families and communities," Bedoy said.

Founded in 1951, Calumet College of St. Joseph is a private, four-year school associated with the Roman Catholic church. Located in Whiting, Ind., CCSJ has approximately 1,300 students. The school's wrestling program and other intercollegiate sports compete in the NAIA.


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