ADRIAN, Mich.--Adrian College athletics director Mike Duffy has named Bill Schindel as head coach of the Bulldogs men's and women's wrestling programs, replacing alumnus Chris Williams who returned to the Michigan State coaching staff at the end of this past season.
Schindel plans to start his new duties on June 7.
Schindel, a two-time Ohio Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, comes to Adrian after posting a 46-20 (.697) dual-match record in four years at Mount Union.
"We are pleased that Bill has agreed to take the reins of the Bulldogs wrestling program," Duffy said. "Coach Williams has laid a solid foundation for Bill to take it to the next level. An experienced coach, Bill has a great skill-set that will serve him well here."
In Adrian, Schindel inherits a program that produced a school-record 23rd place (and another top AC mark of 15-1/2 points) at the 2016 NCAA III Men's Wrestling Championships, an NCAA All-American and two Scholar All-Americans--all in the sport's first season since the College reinstated varsity status after a 31-year absence.
On the women's side, the Bulldogs competed in an all-invitational format. In the first-year program's debut at the Oct. 18 Emmanuel College Tournament in Georgia, junior Rachel McFarland took first place at 143 pounds. Then at the Women's Collegiate Wrestling Association Nationals in Oklahoma City, Okla., on Feb. 12, freshman Sam Cushard earned All-America status at 155.
"When considering Adrian one of the biggest reasons I accepted the job was putting my family in a great situation. I am a coach who believes in teaching about values first. Family is a huge value that I preach to the team. This opportunity put me and my family only 30-40 minutes away from a support system as me and my wife, Krista get ready to start our own family in September," stated Schindel.
"I know this is also a great opportunity for my career as Adrian has shown a lot of support in the athletic department and programs. I am very excited for this opportunity to get started working with the men and women to help them achieve their team and individual goals."
Last season, Mount Union went 12-9 in dual matches (3-2 OAC) and was 9th out of 18 teams with 47-1/2 points in the NCAA Division III Mideast Regional. Schindel coached All-American Jeremy Border who advanced to the NCAA Championships for a third straight year and is one of only five wrestlers in school history with over 100 career wins. The team also had two other places at the regional meet.
During the 2014-15 campaign, Schindel led the Purple Raiders (14-3 in dual matches) to their second OAC title in the last three years and a third-straight second-place finish at the NCAA Mideast Regional with OAC Coach of the Year honors. Mount Union also had four national qualifiers with one earning All-American honors. In addition, the team finished seventh at the National Wrestling Coaches' Association duals.
In 2013-14, Schindel led the Purple Raiders to an eighth-place finish at the NWCA National Duals, second in the OAC and second at the NCAA Mideast Regional. Mount Union (12-5 overall) had three national qualifiers and a pair of All-Americans on its way to a 17th place finish at the NCAA Championships.
In his first season, the Purple Raiders (8-3 in duals) claimed the 2013 OAC title and finished second in the NCAA Mideast Regional.
He spent one season as an assistant coach at Mount Union and assisted in every facet of the program as the Raiders won the OAC title and finished 15th at the NCAA Division III Championships.
During his tenure with the Purple Raiders, there have been six All-Americans, 14 national qualifiers, nine NWCA Scholar All-Americans and 16 All-OAC First Team selections.
Schindel made the move off the mat after a stellar career at Mount Union as a three-time All-American after placing third at NCAA Division III National Championships in 2011, seventh in 2010 and eighth in 2009. A three-time OAC Champion at 197-lbs., he ranks ninth on the school's all-time wins list with an 83-17 record over his three-year career.
Schindel's accomplishments off the mat are just as impressive as those on it. He was a two-time NWCA Scholar All-American and received the Clyde Lamb Award, which is presented annually to the top male and female student-athlete from each OAC institution.
A native of Tallmadge, Ohio, he attended Akron Archbishop Hoban High School and has both a bachelor's degree in education and master's in educational leadership from Mount Union.
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