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Ellsworth names Springer new head wrestling coach

The Ellsworth Panthers are excited to welcome Tyson Springer as the new head wrestling coach and Dale Howard Family Activity Center Director. Springer comes to ECC from Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska, where he served as the head wrestling coach for three seasons.

Tyson Springer (Photo/Cam Kramer, CamKramerPhoto.com)
"This was a very different process as it was all done virtually over Zoom, but it was an easy decision to come to Ellsworth. I was sold on the ECC tradition."

The tradition of Panther success may be strong, but Springer recognizes the challenges of this unprecedented time. "It's really the challenge of the unknown. I'm going to be recruiting athletes to a place I've never been, but Ellworth's history speaks for itself."

Springer says he's going to hit the ground running by making phone calls and sending out emails as soon as he is able. "There are many high school athletes who haven't made their decision yet because of the pandemic. I'm going to tap into my current relationships with high school coaches across the country and ask our returning wrestlers to do the same with their former teammates back home."

Springer is no stranger to the junior college circuit. As a graduate of North Idaho Junior College, Springer helped the team win a national title in 2003. After, he attended Dickenson State University in North Dakota where he was a two-time National finalist and won the NAIA National Championship at 165lbs.

In addition to a history of success as an athlete, Springer has a winning track record as a coach. Tyson has helped coach 8 All-Americans, 1 NJCAA National Champion, and lead a recruiting class the finished 6th in the NAIA in 2015 while at Doane University.

"I'm very excited about the tradition of success at Ellsworth. I am looking forward to recruiting high level athletes and chasing trophies with them," Springer says.

The best way for interested athletes to contact Coach Springer is by email at Tyson.Springer@iavalley.edu

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