Humboldt native Tony Ersland spent 17 years in college wrestling as an assistant coach.
He’ll finally have the opportunity next season to call the shots as a leader of a Division-I program.
Purdue hired the longtime Nebraska assistant and former Iowa wrestler Friday, making Ersland the eighth Big Ten head coach with a connection to the Hawkeyes. Ersland, who spent the last eight seasons with the Huskers after stints at Northwestern, Northern Illinois and Central Michigan, replaces Scott Hinkel, who resigned in April.
“I’ve been coaching for 17 years, and I got into this business to lead young men,” Ersland said in a statement released by Purdue. “I know the path I have taken to get to this point and the individuals that I have worked with have prepared me to create an elite program at Purdue. I’m thankful Purdue has put its trust in me to lead the wrestling program.”