The former Hawkeye wrestler who coached the Auggies, then the Student Princes, is now in charge of the wrestling Warhawks.
Ned Shuck, who wrestled at the University of Iowa, then served as an assistant at Augsburg before taking the helm at Heidelberg University, is now the head wrestling coach at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, the school announced Monday.
Shuck replaces Tim Fader, who had been head coach of the Warhawks for a decade until he was suspended, then dismissed this summer reportedly over his handling of an incident involving an athletic recruit who was visiting the Whitewater campus.
Shuck brings to NCAA Division III UW-Whitewater experience as a Division I wrestler, along with D3 coaching experience.
For the last three seasons, Shuck had been head coach at Heidelberg, an NCAA Division III school in Tiffin, Ohio. Shuck led the Student Princes to back-to-back Ohio Athletic Conference championships in 2013 and 2014. He coached 22 All-OAC selections, four academic all-conference honorees, seven National Wrestling Coaches Association Academic All-Americans and six individual NCAA qualifiers, including one All-American. Shuck earned OAC Coach of the Year honors last season.
Prior to taking the reins at Heidelberg, Shuck served as an assistant coach at perennial national power Augsburg College in Minneapolis from 2009-11. He helped lead the Auggies to the 2010 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championship and a runner-up performance at the 2011 national championships. Shuck helped coach 13 All-Americans, four national finalists and one national champion during his tenure at Augsburg.
Before launching his coaching career, Shuck wrestled at the University of Iowa from 2000-05. He was a four-time letter winner and three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection for the Hawkeyes.
“We are excited to welcome Ned and his family to UW-Whitewater,” said director of athletics Amy Edmonds. “We are very impressed with his level of expertise and the success he has had in coaching at the Division III level. We are confident that Ned will continue our wrestling program’s success while fostering the best possible environment for our student-athletes to succeed both on and off the mat.”
Shuck inherits a Warhawks program that has finished among the top 10 in NCAA Division III in each of the last three seasons. UW-Whitewater won the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title for the third straight year and finished as the national runner-up, the program’s best-ever finish, in 2013-14. Five student-athletes earned All-America accolades.
“I would like to thank chancellor Richard Telfer, director of athletics Amy Edmonds, and associate director of athletics Bob Lanza for their confidence in me to lead the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater wrestlers to excellence in the classroom, on the mat and in life,” Shuck said. “My family and I are thrilled to be members of the UW-Whitewater family and the Whitewater community. The wrestling program has a tremendous tradition of excellence and I look forward to honoring that by building men of character as we strive for national championships.”