It’s back home again at Indiana for Matt Powless.
The 2011 NCAA All-American for the Hoosiers has joined the wrestling coaching staff as an assistant at Indiana University, the Bloomington-based Big Ten school announced Tuesday.
Prior to his promotion, Powless had served as a volunteer assistant at IU since 2012 while completing his Master’s in Counseling and Counselor Education.
Powless put up impressive stats during his wrestling career at Indiana. The Newburgh, Ind. native built a collegiate career record of 124-43, with 35 major decisions, 18 pins and six technical falls. His win tally ranks fifth in Hoosier wrestling history. During the 2010-11 season, Powless led all of Division-I wrestling with 13 major decisions and paced the Big Ten with 39 overall wins (seventh-most all-time in a single season at IU). He capped off that season by earning All-American honors at the 2011 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, placing eighth in the 197-pound weight class.
These on-the-mat accomplishments helped propel Powless to earn IU’s Most Outstanding Wrestler honors in both 2011 and 2012, on the heels of being named the school’s Most Improved Wrestler as a sophomore in 2010.
Just as impressive was Powless’ performance in the classroom. Powless is the only four-time Academic All-American in program history. What’s more, he was tabbed as a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar following both his junior and senior seasons. Powless’ crowning achievement was to be selected as one of two 2012 Spirit of Indiana Directors Award honorees. This accolade is the most prestigious award presented by the IU Athletics Department, rewarded annually by IU Vice President and Director of Athletics Fred Glass.
“We are excited to keep Matt involved with IU wrestling,” said Hoosier head wrestling coach Duane Goldman. “For several seasons, he was a leader for us on the mat and in the classroom. We look forward to his helping to develop our current athletes in all aspects, on their own roads to success.”
“I am extremely excited about the opportunity to coach at Indiana University,” said Powless. “I competed with immense pride for this university and I bleed Cream and Crimson. I intend to help these wrestlers do the same.”
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