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Stutzman hired as head wrestling coach at Buffalo

5/7/2013
University at Buffalo Sports Information

BUFFALO, NY -- After a standout career on the mats in Alumni Arena, John Stutzman will begin a new era of Buffalo wrestling as its head coach. After eight seasons developing Bloomsburg into a national power, Stutzman has been hired as the 15th coach in the 79-year-history of the program, University at Buffalo Director of Athletics Danny White announced on Tuesday.

John Stutzman
Stutzman guided the Huskies to a record of 97-56-1 in his eight seasons, putting him third all-time in career wins. The team finished with double-digit wins in six of his eight seasons as head coach. He has coached three NCAA Division I All-Americans, eight Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) champions, 76 EWL place winners and 33 NCAA Division I national qualifiers.

Personally, Stutzman has earned the EWL Coach of the Year honors in 2007, 2010, and 2013, as well as producing the 2007 EWL and PSAC Freshman of the Year; the 2009 EWL Championship's Outstanding Wrestler and the 2011 PSAC Freshman of the Year.

"We are excited to welcome John back to Buffalo. His impressive career on the mat has been matched by his long history of excellence as a coach," White said. "Given the amount of success that Coach Stutzman has experienced at Bloomsburg, I'm confident with the resources and enhanced facilities we have available, he can build UB into one of the premier wrestling programs in the nation."

A 1998 graduate of UB, Stutzman was 95-27 in a three-year career for the Bulls and left as the school's all-time leader in career wins. His best year for the Bulls was the 1996-97 season when he posted a mark of 35-4, the fourth best single-season winning percentage in program history. Statistically, he is tied with recent graduate John-Martin Cannon for fourth in career takedowns, with 135. He also was a three-time East Coast Wrestling Association place winner.

In 2012-13, Stutzman's Huskies posted a record of 17-3 claiming the first outright EWL Dual Meet Championships in program history while beating three nationally ranked teams in Maryland, Pittsburgh and Edinboro. The 17 wins are tied for the most in the program's history. As a team, the Huskies finished ranked 15th in the country by the NWCA. At the EWL Championships, Sutzman led the Huskies to a third place finish overall, with two EWL Champions, while qualifying six wrestlers for the NCAA Championships.

In the 2008-09 season Bloomsburg was third at the EWL championships and had the tournament's Outstanding Wrestler in Matt Moley. At the NCAA Championships, Moley earned All-American honors for the second straight year, the first time since the 1988-89 season that a BU wrestler was All-American in consecutive seasons.

During the 2006-07 season Stutzman earned EWL Coach of the Year honors, after helping Moley earn the EWL and PSAC Rookie of the Year Award and heavyweight Mike Spaid becoming the school's first All-American since the 1993 season.

Prior to becoming Bloomsburg University's head wrestling coach, he was an assistant coach for seven years at the Division I level. During those seven seasons, he worked at UB, and at MAC-rival Northern Illinois University before joining Bloomsburg as an assistant.

In addition to his college coaching duties, Stutzman has coached with the New York Athletic Club at the 2004, 2008 and 2012 USA Olympic Freestyle Trials, as well as the 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011 Senior World Team Trials where he has coached Six World Team Trials participants, three Olympic Team Trials participants, and one USA National Team Member. He was also an assistant wrestling coach for the 2009 NWCA All-American tour in Seoul, South Korea.

Stutzman is also a member of the USA Wrestling coaching staff since 2009. He has served as the head coach of the University World Team in Warsaw, Poland; the Ziolkowski International in Spala, Poland; the Stephen Sargsyan International in Armenia; the 2011 Fila Junior World Championships; the Dimtry Korkin International in Yakutsk, Russia and the Ramzan Kadirov Cup in Chechnya, Russia. He also served as an assistant wrestling coach for Team USA for the University Team Championships in Poland in 2009.

Stutzman, a native of New Castle, DE. He and his wife, Annette, have two daughters, Alexa Bryanna and Torin Valera.

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jakemalfaro (1) about 1 and a half years ago
What a great coach! As a Bloom fan it is sad to see him go. Wish him and his family the best in Buffalo. Who ever gets the job at Bloomsburg will have some might big shoes to fill.