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Vogel named head coach of new wrestling program at Ohio's Hiram

Andy Vogel has been named head coach for the reinstatement of the Hiram College men's wrestling program -- as well as the Director of Wrestling Operations -- the Ohio-based college announced Monday.

Vogel comes to Hiram from Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pa., where he served as the head wrestling coach and assistant director of athletics for the past 13 years.

Andy Vogel
In his official statement, Hiram Athletic Director Todd W. Hibbs said, ""We had a strong candidate pool for this position. Still, our search committee was in agreement that his Northeast Ohio ties -- combined with his NCAA Division III experience and reputation as a passionate leader in the national wrestling community -- made Andy Vogel a clear choice."

"I am thrilled to begin this journey with Hiram College Athletics," Vogel said. "I am looking forward to working with Athletic Director Todd Hibbs to restart the men's wrestling program, and to help launch a women's program in the next year. Building a men's team that will compete in the fall of 2020 is an exciting challenge, and I am eager to get started. I am thankful for the opportunity to lead the team and for the alumni, community, and administrative support that has made restarting the team possible."

In his 13 years at Gettysburg, Vogel coached three NCAA All-Americans, ten NCAA qualifiers, eight Centennial Conference champions, 44 conference place winners, 18 regional place winners and 19 National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Scholar All-Americans. Vogel also coached the Centennial Conference Wrestler of the Year in 2009 and 2012, and the Rookie of the Year in 2016.

What's more, with Vogel as head coach, the Gettysburg Bullets finished in the NCAA Top 20 in 2013, as well as Top 25 in the NCAA in Team GPA in 2010, 2013 and 2018.

Prior to coaching at Gettysburg, Vogel began his collegiate coaching career as an assistant wrestling coach at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill. in suburban Chicago. He also served as the program director for Strider Wrestling in Wheaton during his two years with the Thunder, developing and conducting free youth wrestling programs for elementary students.

Vogel earned his bachelor's degree in engineering from Messiah College in May 2003, and his master's degree from Northeastern University in Boston, Mass. in May 2016.
A native of Northeast Ohio, Vogel was a two-time Ohio High School Athletic Association state finalist and the 1999 state champion at 145 lbs. for Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy (CVCA). In 2006, Vogel was inducted to the CVCA Athletic Hall of Fame.

Hiram announced its plans to reinstate its men's wrestling program, which will return to the mats this fall, as well as launch a brand-new women's program, which will launch in the fall of 2021. A search for a coach for the women's program is underway.

Andy Vogel's hiring by Hiram College is something of a return of a return to the area where he grew up. Hiram College is a four-year, private college located in the town of Hiram in northeast Ohio, southwest of Cleveland and not far from his high school alma mater, Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy. Founded in 1850, Hiram College has an enrollment of approximately 1,100 students. Hiram's intercollegiate sports -- including wrestling -- compete in NCAA Division III.

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