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The Citadel opts not to renew contract of longtime coach Hjerling

After nearly a two decades, The Citadel decided early this past week not to renew the contract of longtime wrestling coach Rob Hjerling,

Rob Hjerling
"We would like to thank coach Rob Hjerling for his hard work and dedication to The Citadel wrestling program and our college," athletic director Mike Capaccio said. "After joining The Citadel staff for the 1999-00 season, Rob led his cadet-athletes to recognition for numerous athletic and academic achievements. We appreciate all of his contributions to our program and wish him and his family the best."

The Citadel will begin a search for a new wrestling coach, a school official said.

Hjerling led the Bulldogs to two of their three Southern Conference titles in school history, taking both the SoCon championship and SoCon dual championship in 2014. He was named SoCon coach of the year twice, in 2004 and 2014.

He also coached all four of The Citadel's All-Americans: Dan Thompson in 2006, Odie Delaney and Ugi Khishignyam in 2013 and Turtogtokh Luvsandorj in 2014. Under Hierling's direction, the Bulldogs won a pair of SoCon titles and he was named the conference's Coach of the Year in 2004 and 2014. All four of the school's All-Americans (Dan Thompson in 2006; Odie Delaney and Ugi Khishignyam in 2013; and Turtogtokh Luvsandorj in 2014) wrestled for Hjerling.

By contrast, The Citadel mat program had struggled some in recent years, having gone 2-10 and 3-6 in dual meets over the last two seasons.

For all these reasons, the Citadel had decided not to renew the contract of longtime wrestling coach Rob Hjerling.

"We would like to thank coach Rob Hjerling for his hard work and dedication to The Citadel wrestling program and our college," athletic director Mike Capaccio said. "After joining The Citadel staff for the 1999-00 season, Rob led his cadet-athletes to recognition for numerous athletic and academic achievements. We appreciate all of his contributions to our program and wish him and his family the best."

The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, commonly or known simply as The Citadel, is a public college in Charleston, S. C. Established in 1842, it is one of six United States senior military colleges. It has 18 academic departments divided into five schools offering 23 majors and 38 minors. The Citadel has an enrollment of approximately 2,800.

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