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Andres hired as first Ottawa wrestling coach

By The Herald Staff | 11/20/2013

Ottawa University has hired its first men’s and women’s wrestling coach in Kevin Andres.

It is a brand new program and will begin competing next school year. Andres will begin his duties Dec. 2.

Ottawa University has hired its first men’s and women’s wrestling coach in Kevin Andres.

It is a brand new program and will begin competing next school year. Andres will begin his duties Dec. 2.

“We are very excited about adding an experienced professional in coach Andres to start our programs,” Ottawa Athletic Director Arabie Conner said. “His level of professionalism and experience with building collegiate programs from the ground up the right way with a focus on scholar athletes is going to give the programs an immediate jump start in both recruiting and overall academic and athletic competitiveness.  We’re excited to welcome coach Andres and his family to OU.”

Andres is not new to starting a wrestling program.

He has started four different wrestling programs in 16 years of collegiate wrestling.     Andres has coached 27 wrestling All-Americans (19 men and eight women), has had teams finish in the top 10 in the nation seven times, and was a four-time National Collegiate Wrestling Association (NCWA) Southeastern Conference coach of the year.  

Andres also is heavily involved in the NCWA and works closely as a founding member and as an executive board member. In 2007, he was inducted into the NCWA Hall of Fame.

“My family and I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to come to Ottawa,” Andres said. “I love coaching and the challenge of building a program from the start is really exciting. The university has been so welcoming, and I look forward to building on the university’s tradition of success. I can’t wait to get started and am confident we can build something special at Ottawa.”

“Adding men’s and women’s wrestling programs to our campus community has created a buzz of excitement,” Conner said. “We’re excited to build our programs with a coach who is extremely passionate about the sport and who is full of ideas for implementation and growth of the programs.”

Andres spent nine years as head men’s and women’s wrestling coach at Mercer University in Macon, Ga. While at MU, he established NCWA and National Collegiate Women’s Wrestling Association (NCWWA) wrestling programs and was the NCWA National Compliance Officer.

Andres monitored eligibility of more than 100 teams and 1,100 athletes. He also participated in developing rules and regulations for the NCWA and supervised five other regional compliance officers. Mercer won four Georgia State championships and finished second once in the tournament’s six-year history. Mercer also amassed four top-10 finishes at the National Duals Championship, which started in 2009, and one top-10 finish at the national championships.

Before going to Mercer University, Andres was the director of student activities, head wrestling coach, and director of camps and conferences at Belmont Abbey College. There he advised the College Union Board, the Greek Council, the Commuter Council, and the senior class. He also started an NCWA wrestling program. While at BAC, the wrestling program had two top-10 finishes at the National Championships.

Andres has also published two articles, “The Role Title IX Plays in Life (or Death) of Wrestling” and “No Longer Just a Club.” Both articles were published in Wrestling USA.

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