Loyalty has its rewards.
Brandon Eggum and Luke Becker, two University of Minnesota wrestling greats of a decade ago who then joined the coaching staff at their alma mater, have earned promotions, the Minneapolis-based school announced Monday.
Eggum, who hs been assistant coach for the past ten seasons, has been promoted to head assistant coach, taking the position long held by Joe Russell (who left to become head coach at George Mason University)… while Becker, a volunteer assistant for nine years, is the new assistant coach.
J Robinson, the head coach of the Golden Gophers wrestling program for 25 years, places a lot of value on loyalty… and continuity.
“One of the things we wanted to do was to keep the continuity in the program,” Robinson said. “I think Brandon and Luke have the philosophy that we strive on and that’s being aggressive as well as being dominate. I think they will bring that same thought process into their new jobs.”
Here are the collegiate mat accomplishments of the newly promoted Minnesota coaches:
- Eggum wrestled for Minnesota from 1997-2000, compiling a 115-23-0 overall record for a .833 winning percentage. The native of Sidney, Mont. was a two-time Big Ten conference champ, three-time NCAA All-American and four-time letter winner. Eggum also made a name for himself in international wrestling, earning a silver medal at the 2001 World Freestyle Championships.
- Becker competed for the Gophers from 1998-2003, crafting a 125-29-0 record. He won the 157-pound title at the 2002 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships as a junior, and is one of only five Minnesota matmen to earn All-American honors four times. Originally from Cambridge, Minn., Becker also claimed two Big Ten conference crowns.
Thanks to The Guillotine for alerting us to this news!
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