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US wrestling great Baumgartner retires

Bruce Baumgartner will call May 8, 2020, his final day at Edinboro.

Bruce Baumgartner
Baumgartner served in the athletic department for over 30 years before assuming the role of Assistant Vice President for University Advancement two years ago. A four-time Olympic medalist in wrestling who served as the captain and flag-bearer for the United States team in the 1996 Olympics, Baumgartner came to Edinboro as assistant wrestling coach in 1984 and later served seven years as head coach. He has been inducted into numerous Hall of Fame's and was the recipient of the James E. Sullivan Award in 1995.

He transitioned to the position of interim athletic director in 1997, and was appointed to the role permanently in 1998. Over the next 20 years, he combined with Todd to form a potent one-two punch in the department.

During his tenure, notable accomplishments included the establishment of a number of endowed scholarships to support student-athletes and a student-athlete graduation rate of 80 percent. He also oversaw several capital projects, including renovations to Sox Harrison Stadium and the McComb Fieldhoues weight room. In addition, Baumgartner spearheaded Edinboro's successful Make-a-Wish fundraising initiative, earning Edinboro one of the top five spots among NCAA Division II institutions for a number of years. He took a major role in assisting with the growth of Edinboro's Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).

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pancakefor5 (1) about 7 months ago
Bruce has been a leader and local, reagioanl, US and Gloabl representative for our sport. Thank you! Emphatically thank you Bruce! Enjoy life beyond the sport, imagine you won't be too far away.