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2015-16 Wrestling Coaches
John Oostendorp Image
Oostendorp is a two-time Iowa Conference Coach of the Year and 2009 NWCA National Coach of the Year, leading the Kohawks to a second-place finish in 2008. His teams have consistently been nationally ranked and have been picked to be part of the NWCA National Duals the past six years.  Oostendorp led the Kohawks to back-to-back fourth place finishes at the 2008 and 2009 NCAA Championships, the two highest finishes in school history.  Over the past three years, the Kohawks have tabbed 14 All-Americans and crowned the program's first National Champion in 2008, as Tyler Burkle finished 36-0 on the season.
Oostendorp is a graduate of the University of Iowa, where he wrestled for legendary coach Dan Gable and graduated with a B.A. in sociology in 1993. At Iowa, Oostendorp was a four-year starter at heavyweight, where he posted an overall record of 108-26 with 40 pins. He was a two-time All-American and Big Ten Champion for the Hawkeyes, placing fifth and third in the NCAA Championships.

Oostendorp also has considerable international experience. He was a member of the United States Greco Roman National Team from 1993-1998. His redshirt freshman year at Iowa, he won the Fila Jr. Greco Roman National Championship and represented the U.S. in the Fila World Championships placing fifth. In 1995, Oostendorp won the US World Team Trials and competed for the United States in the 1995 World Championships in the Czech Republic. He was the 1996 US Greco Roman National Champion and was the Olympic alternate at 100 kilograms after placing second in the final Olympic Trials.

"Our success has come from the attitude of the athletes that we are bringing into the program combined with the work ethic and commitment of our assistant coaches. We have created an environment for success built on the idea of bringing in student athletes who have very high goals and more importantly, are willing to make the commitment and sacrifices to attain them. Coe has a great deal to offer our student athletes, including an outstanding education and the opportunity to wrestle at a very high level."

Oostendorp has a daughter, Maci, and two sons, Jay and Jake.

John Oostendorp Year-By-Year

  Overall       IIAC          
Year Won Loss Tie Pct. Won Loss Tie Pct. Place Postseason
2001-02 9 5 0 .643 5 4 0 .556 6th 43rd - NCAA
2002-03 14 6 0 .700 5 4 0 .556 6th 12th - NCAA
2003-04 9 7 0 .563 3 5 0 .375 4th 17th - NCAA
2004-05 11 7 0 .611 6 2 0 .750 3rd 33rd - NCAA
2005-06 5 8 1 .393 4 3 1 .563 4th 24th - NCAA
2006-07 18 5 0 .783 6 2 0 .750 3rd 10th - NCAA
2007-08 17 4 0 .809 6 2 0 .750 2nd 4th - NCAA
2008-09 15 5 0 .750 7 1 0 .875 3rd 4th - NCAA
2009-10 16 3 0 .842 7 1 0 .875 2nd 4th - NCAA
2010-11 16 5 0 .762 7 1 0 .875 2nd 5th - NCAA
2011-12 11 3 0 .786 6 1 0 .857 2nd 3rd - NCAA
2012-13 13 6 0 .684 6 1 0 .857 2nd 21st - NCAA
2013-14 13 5 0 .722 6 1 0 .857 2nd 4th - NCAA
Career 167 69 1 .707 74 28 1 .723    
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After the most decorated wrestling career in Kohawk history, Rush joined the coaching staff in 2011. Rush became Coe's first four-time All-American in any sport and wrestling's first two-time NCAA DIII National Champion. He was named Wrestler of the year in 2010. He was also named Coe College's Male Athlete of the Year in 2010 and 2011, joining Keelie Finnel and Fred Jackson as two-time winners.

Rush was a three-time NCAA National finalist and a three-time Iowa Conference Champion. He was named the NWCA National Duals Outstanding Wrestler in 2008. Rush posted a career record of 129-11, going undefeated against NCAA Division III wrestlers his final two seasons. Also successful in the classroom, Rush was a two-time NWCA Scholar All-American and CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District second team selection in 2011.

Rush hails from Aledo, Illinois where he was a two-time Illinois State Champion and three-time finalist. He was also named Illinois Class A Wrestler of the year in 2007. He was a member of the Illinois Junior National Greco Dual Team four years, winning the National Junior Greco Duals in 2007.

Rush is married to the former Ashlee Simon, an All-American pitcher for the Kohawk softball team. Ashlee led the Kohawks to the 2009 National Championship game, the only national title appearance by a Kohawk team in school history.

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Eric Casey
Assistant Coach- 14th Season
Phone: 319-399-8234
Casey, a 2002 Coe graduate, was a four-year starter for the Kohawks. Casey finished third in the state his senior year under Hall of Fame coach Tom Killberg. He was also a captain his senior year.  
Marcus Kurtz
Assistant Coach- 15th Season
Phone: 319-399-8234
Kurtz, a 1999 Coe graduate, was a three-year starter for the Kohawks. Kurtz was an Iowa Conference Champion and two-time national qualifier at Coe. He was also a captain for two years.  
Ethan Ball
Assistant Coach- 2nd Season