Ivan McClayMcClay brings an impressive on-the-mat and academic resume to ONU. He won his first major title in high school, becoming the first Ohio state champ at Massillon High School in 2012 ... then built on that success at Notre Dame (Ohio) where he was a 2017 NCAA Division II National Champion, a three-time NCAA All-American wrestler and a four-time Academic All-American.
McClay graduated with a bachelor's degree in integrated social studies from Notre Dame in 2017. Most recently, he was a graduate assistant coach at NDC in 2019-20. That year, Notre Dame wrestling won the NCAA Division II national wrestling team title.
Here's how Ohio Northern University extended the welcome mat to Ivan McClay to his new position at Ohio Northern, southwest of the Cleveland, area.
"Ivan comes to us from Notre Dame College where he was the graduate assistant for two years. Prior to that he wrestled for the Falcons where he was a three-time Academic All-American and three-time NCAA DII All-American including winning the 2017 National title at 125 pounds.
McClay will focus his coaching efforts in the lower weight classes -- 125-through 157 pounds. In addition, McClay will be responsible for generating information for the ONU wrestling team's social media outlets, and will assist with recruiting.
According to Ohio Northern's announcement welcoming Coach McClay to its Ada campus, "We are beyond excited about adding Ivan to our staff and can't wait to see how far we can push next season!" #onthhunt #topgang #winteriscoming
Founded in 1871, Ohio Northern University is a four-year, private university affiliated with the United Methodist Church with a student enrollment of approximately 3,000. The ONU intercollegiate sports programs -- including wrestling -- compete under the sports team name "Polar Bears" with mascot name "Klondike."