McGovern Named National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III President Elect

Mar 11, 2014

Dubuque, Iowa – The National Wrestling Coaches Association announced University of Dubuque head wrestling coach Jon McGovern as Division III president elect replacing position vacated by Roger Crebs of Lycoming. He will assume the vacated position immediately.

McGovern will ascend to be the new Division III president in August of 2015 and will serve a three-year term.

The National Wrestling Coaches Association, established in 1928, is a professional organization dedicated to serve and provide leadership for the advancement of all levels of the sport of wrestling with primary emphasis on scholastic and collegiate wrestling programs. The membership embraces all people who are interested in amateur wrestling.

The NWCA, through its organizational structure, promotes communication, recognition achievement, recommends rules and regulations, sponsors events and serves as an educational and informational source. Additionally, the NWCA strives to foster the sportsmanship and integrity that are the cornerstones of athletic competition.

“It's an honor to be selected by my fellow college coaches,” commented McGovern. “I look forward to serving NCAA III wrestling, coaches, and college wrestlers in the pursuit of excellence.”

As a leader in the NWCA, McGovern will continue the goals of the NWCA. Some of the those goals include: grow the number of wrestlers, coaches, and wrestling programs at all levels; train coaches and parents to help every student reach his/her fullest potential through the participation of wrestling; promote student-wrestler welfare (safety, health/wellness, academic achievement, etc.); transition wrestling to be a more media friendly sport; inspire state and federal agencies to legislate favorable rules/regulations that will grow wrestling; promote outstanding accomplishments through a comprehensive award program; and strive to save threatened programs and start new ones.

McGovern has been the Spartans head wrestling coach since 2002. He is UD’s all-time leader for career coaching dual meet wins with 98, McGovern was named NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year in 2006, coached UD wrestling to four Top-20 finishes and two Top-15 finishes at the NCAA DIII National Championships including two individual champions.

McGovern spent 2000 training full time at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. He placed 4th in the finals of the 2000 Olympic Trials in Dallas Texas. He was a 1998 US National Team Member and placed third at the 1998 US National Tournament and third at the 1998 World Team Trials. 

He graduated from Central College in 1992. As a Dutch, he earned the distinction of being a three-time NCAA Division III All-American, a three-time IIAC Champion, and a two-time NCAA Division III National Champion. He graduated with a master's degree in education from the University of Iowa in 1996. The native of Riceville, Iowa, was a four-time state qualifier and a three-time place winner for the Wildcats.


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