The next move for Parkside wrestling

UW-Parkside’s new head wrestling coach, Corey VanGroll.


UW-Parkside former coach Gregg Lewis stepped down over the summer due to the position being changed from being a part-time to full-time position. While Coach Lewis was very successful and well liked, the university has found a well-suited replacement in alumni Corey VanGroll.

New coach named for wrestling

Corey VanGroll earned All-American honors as a wrestler for the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in 2009. Last week, the former 165-lb. star was named head coach of the UW-Parkside wrestling program. VanGroll was born and raised in Maribel, Wis., and attended Denmark High School where he twice placed at the WIAA state championships.

VanGroll graduated from UW-Parkside in 2009 with a bachelor of science degree in fitness management. He earned a master of education degree from Iowa State University in 2011, and a doctor of education degree with a sport psychology emphasis in 2015.

He also brings eight years of coaching experience at the NCAA III and NJCAA levels, including six years as a head coach. VanGroll started his coaching career as an assistant coach at Iowa Lakes Community College in 2009 and coached the school’s first national champion.

In 2012, VanGroll was hired as head coach of the wrestling program at Concordia University, Wisconsin where he coached two national champions and a total of nine all Americans. He was named Northern Wrestling Association Coach of the Year and led the team to three consecutive conference championships in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Coach wants to make sure grades are up

Coach VanGroll stated that his main priority is to make sure his players stay eligible as they are attending UW-Parkside. VanGroll is aware that the GLVC has punished the Rangers with sanctions for violations that were committed.

When asked what are his expectations for the team, VanGroll replies, “To win the national title and to be in the top five schools in the nation.” VanGroll goes on to say “even though we are dealing with sanctions, we are still able to compete. The judges might not hand us the trophy but at least my athletes came out and competed.”

Coach VanGroll believes national Champion Nick Becker is the obvious leader for the younger members of the team. He states that “Nick Becker is a two-time national champion. He always trains right, eats right, and is always ready to go in practice.” VanGroll will look to Becker to set the example and be the leader for the entire team.

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