New Oklahoma head coach Roger Kish (photo courtesy of Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com
This afternoon, the University of Oklahoma announced that they have hired Roger Kish as their next head coach. Kish comes to Norman after spending the last 12 years leading the Bison of North Dakota State University.
Kish is fresh off his finest season in Fargo. The Bison set a program record with 25.5 points at the NCAA Championships, which was good for 24th place. NDSU had a pair of All-American's (Jared Franek and Michael Caliendo) for the first time since 2015.
In dual competition, the 2022-23 Bison team amassed an 11-3 record that includes wins over Oklahoma and Nebraska. Six of his wrestlers went on to qualify for NCAA's after a fifth place finish in the Big 12.
During his time with North Dakota State, Kish's teams went 108-70.
Kish wrestled collegiately for the University of Minnesota and made the podium twice for the Gophers. In 2006, Kish won a Big Ten championship before making the NCAA finals.
He'll inherit a Sooner team that features seven past national qualifiers, though there's bound to be some attrition as per usual with head coaching changes.