Former Iowa All-American wrestler Mike Evans returns to coaching ranks

He will serve as volunteer assistant at Campbell University

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Mike Evans will return to the coaching ranks.

The former University of Iowa three-time All-American will join Cary Kolat’s staff at Campbell University.

Campbell announced Monday that Evans will be hired to serve as the volunteer assistant for the Camels wrestling program. He will replace Evan Henderson, who is focusing to train for international competition. The school is located in Buies Creek, N.C.

The Enola, Pa., native broke into college coaching at Cal Poly, but had recently returned to Iowa City as a member of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club.

Campbell placed 38th at the national tournament in March with one All-American and returns three qualifiers.

“I am very excited to add Mike Evans to our coaching staff for the upcoming 2017-18 season,” Kolat said in a news release. “Mike has had opportunities to coach at other institutions, but he has liked what we have done at Campbell in a short amount of time and has chosen to be part of our program.”

Evans placed sixth at three straight NCAA Championships (2013-15) for the Hawkeyes, recording 107 career victories at Iowa. He was also a three-time Big Ten Conference finalist. According to the release, Evans will work alongside Kolat and train middleweights.

“In order to build a successful program, it’s most important that the staff fits together and each coach brings something to the table,” Kolat said. “Mike, an alum of the University of Iowa, will bring another variation on how to approach the sport that will connect with key guys within the Campbell squad.”

Visit the full news release from Campbell sports information.

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