Mizzou Wrestling fills out Coaching Staff
COLUMBIA - With the season creeping up on them, the Mizzou Wrestling team has made a few changes to its coaching staff. As confirmed on Wednesday by Head Coach Brian Smith, former Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach Nick Marable has been promoted to Volunteer Assistant and 2013 All-American Mike Larson will take over as Assistant Stength Coach.
In his time at Mizzou, Marable was the winner of three consecutive Big 12 titles, and finished his career with 116 win, the eighth-most in Missouri history. He was also awarded Missouri's Hap WhitneyCoaches Award honor in 2007. Marable will be filling the void left by 2009 heavyweight national champion Mark Ellis.
"Over the years, he's (Marable) really developed into a good young coach, and with (Mark) Ellis taking a position with Chattanooga, we wanted to give him an opportunity to grow even more as a coach," Smith said.
Larson, who will be taking over as Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach, was Missouri's 184-pund starter last year. He was a four-time NCAA qualifier, and gained All-American status with an eighth-place finish last year at the NCAAs in Des Moines.
"Mike was one of the hardest workers we have ever had in the program. He has worked for everything that he has everearned, and that work ethic is what I want in our weight room," Smith said.
The Tigers will start their season in early November against North Dakota State.