Ecker will join head coach Austin Devoe's staff looking to help carry the momentum of a program returning to national prominence. Over the past three seasons, Mines has gone 30-7 in duals while winning consecutive RMAC championships. The Orediggers have been a fixture in the national rankings peaking at #9 in 2020, and have produced nine NCAA qualifiers and a pair of All-Americans since 2018.
Seth EckerEcker arrives at Mines with a diversity of experience at all three divisions of NCAA wrestling. Most recently, Ecker spent the 2019-20 season as a graduate assistant at Kutztown University, where he helped produce a pair of NWCA All-Americans and two NCAA qualifiers last season. Prior to that, Ecker was the first-ever head coach at Alvernia University in Pennsylvania, where he spent the 2018-19 season recruiting and fundraising for the start-up program. Ecker has also had assistant coaching stops at the University of Maryland, where he coached the program's first all-American in four seasons; at Ithaca College, where the program produced six NCAA qualifiers in consecutive seasons with six total all-Americans; and at Ursinus College, where he helped mentor a pair of all-Americans and five Academic All-Americans.
Ecker is a graduate of Ithaca, where he earned a degree in business administration finance and corporate accounting in 2012. He was an outstanding wrestler for the Bombers, becoming that program's first two-time NCAA Division III national champion with a 108-20 careeer record. He was a two-time CoSIDA First-Team Academic All-American and as a senior was voted the Men's At-Large Academic All-American of the Year, one of college sports' most prestigious academic honors. He is currently pursuing his MBA from Kutztown University.