As he pondered his post-graduate future during his final days as a college wrestler, Derek St. John seemed to be leaning toward a career in coaching.
That venture began Monday.
The NCAA champion and four-time All-American for Iowa joined the North Dakota State staff as an assistant to coach Roger Kish.
“I’m excited to join the North Dakota State wrestling program and to be part of coach Kish’s staff,” St. John said in a statement released by the school. “I look forward to building on the tradition and the success that have already been established here, and I know we will work hard to take it to the next level.”
St. John compiled a 106-17 record during his career with the Hawkeyes, becoming the 18th wrestler in school history to earn all-America honors four times. He placed fourth as a freshman, second as a sophomore, claimed the 2013 NCAA title at 157 pounds as a junior and finished fifth as a senior.
“We are thrilled to be able to add a guy of Derek’s caliber and experience to our program at North Dakota State,” Kish said. “His values, philosophy and vision are right in line with what we expect at NDSU.”