Vote adds Calhoun to wrestling staff

By on Jun. 10, 2015 in Wrestling

Vote adds Calhoun to wrestling staff

SEWARD, Neb. – Head coach Dana Vote and the Concordia University wrestling program have announced the hiring of full-time assistant coach Levi Calhoun, who will begin his duties on July 7. The former NAIA All-American wrestler will also serve equipment and stadium event operations roles within the Bulldog athletics department.

Said Vote, “I am very excited to have Levi join the bulldog wrestling family. Anytime that you can get a guy with that much experience you have to get excited about it. I believe Levi is going to bring some new things to our program that is going to help us take it to the next level.”

Calhoun spent the previous four seasons as assistant wrestling coach at his alma mater, Baker University, an institution located in Baldwin City, Kan., and a member of the NAIA’s Heart of America Athletic Conference. The native of Moore, Okla., helped Baker make a dent on the national level. During his time as a Wildcat assistant, he coached 11 All-Americans, three national finalists and a national champion.

As a student-athlete at Baker from 2006 to 2009, Calhoun twice qualified for the NAIA wrestling national championships and became the school’s first-ever wrestling All-American when he took fourth place in the heavyweight bracket. Calhoun also started all four years on the defensive line for the Wildcats. He garnered first team all-conference football recognition twice.

Calhoun earned his bachelor of science in physical education from Baker University. He is married to Hollie Calhoun.

Vote’s staff for 2015-16 will also include graduate assistant Tyler Kacmarynski, who enters his second year at Concordia. The Bulldog wrestling program is coming off a season in which it won GPAC and NAIA North Qualifier titles and finished No. 12 at the national championships.