Ned Shuck at the 2021 EIWA Championships (Photo/Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com)
Today, Bellarmine University announced that Ned Shuck would be the school's next head coach. Shuck has spent the last three years at Army West Point and was most recently their associate head coach. During his time at West Point, Shuck has earned the reputation of being a stalwart on the recruiting trail and has been a critical component of a staff that has seen a recent uptick in recruiting. The Black Knights Class of 2021 was ranked 24th in the country and featured nine of the nation's top 300 seniors.
On the mat, Shuck assisted with an Army squad that has sent seven wrestlers to the national tournament in each of the last three years. The team produced a pair of EIWA champions (PJ Ogunsanya - 149 and Ben Pasiuk - 174) in 2021 and six conference finalists during that same span. In dual action, Army went 20-9 with Shuck on staff. The Black Knights have gone on to take third place in the EIWA in each of the last two seasons.
This won't be Shuck's first head coaching position, as he led a pair of DIII programs before moving on to West Point. Shuck spent three years at the helm at Heidelberg University in Ohio, then was at Wisconsin-Whitewater for four seasons. At Wisconsin-Whitewater, Shuck coached two-time national champion Jordan Newman, along with a total of 11 All-Americans.
Shuck has obviously established a recruiting network in Ohio during his time at Heidelberg, as Army has done well at recruiting in the state. That could be extremely useful at Bellarmine, given the proximity of the school (Louisville) to the Ohio border (approximately 250 miles).
The Minnesota native, Shuck, wrestled collegiately at the University of Iowa from 2000-05.
Bellarmine is an athletic department that is in the process of transitioning from DII to DI status. That means the school will not be eligible for postseason competition until the 2024-25 season. The team competed in the SoCon for the first time during the 2021 season. Under previous head coach, Spencer Adams, the Knights went 1-9 with their lone win coming over Presbyterian, 32-18.