BUFFALO, NY – New University at Buffalo head wrestling coach John Stutzman announced his coaching staff Monday morning, with the hiring of Quincy Osborn and Bryce Hasseman. Both assistants come to Buffalo with success as both wrestlers and coaches, and each of them has experienced life in the competitive Mid-American Conference.
“We want to be a blue collar team, we’re going to get our guys in great shape and create a style of wrestling that will be fun to watch,” Stutzman said about his hopes for the team under the new coaching staff.
Osborn recently finished his fourth year as an assistant with MAC rival Ohio. Over that time with the Bobcats, he helped to recruit two top 25 ranked recruiting classes and coached up Germane Lindsey to All American status in the 2010 season. His first coaching job came at Augsburg College, where he worked for two years after wrestling at the school for two seasons.
After originally started his collegiate wrestling career at Minnesota before going to Augsburg, Osborn qualified twice for the NCAA Division I tournament while with the Gophers. Wrestling for Augsburg in 2007, he was the Division III National Champion at 141 pounds, also leading the Auggies to the national team title. In that season, he had the most team points, takedowns, and falls.
Quincy earned a degree in history from Augsburg in 2009, and received his Master’s degree in Coaching Education from Ohio in 2011. He and his wife Hannah are the proud owners of two cats and a dog.
“Quincy is going to be our recruiting coordinator,” Stutzman said. “He’s going to beat the bushes, he’s a high energy guy and he’s very persistent. When I was at Bloomsburg and we would wrestle against Ohio, I always watched his demeanor with his guys and his energy level and I knew that he would be one of the first people I would reach out to when I got to Buffalo.”
Hasseman comes from the historically strong Mishawka High School wrestling program in Indiana, where he coached the team for the 2012-13 season. He made the transition to high school wrestling after enjoying success as an assistant coach on the collegiate level. Hasseman served as an assistant at Oklahoma State University from 2010-12, where he worked under legendary wrestler and coach John Smith. He also worked with Terry Brands at the Hawkeye Wrestling Club prior to that.
“With his experience as a head coach as well as an assistant at Oklahoma State, he knows how to make tough decisions, how to train guys and recruit the type of talent we need to be successful,” Stutzman said. “For me, his coaching experience is a tremendous asset.”
In his career on the mat, Hasseman has competed all over the world. His international tournament victories include the 2009 Dan Kolov International and Dave Schultz Memorial International championships, the 2008 Guelph Open championship, the 2006 Canada Cup and Northern Plains Regional championship, and the 2004 Northeast Regional championship. He trained from 2004-11 at the University of Iowa and the United States Olympic Training Center, he earned a spot on Team USA for 2009-10 and was ranked as high as number two in his weight class. He tried out for the 2012 London Olympics, but suffered a knee injury that kept him from a fair shot to make the team.
In national events, his highlights included second-place finishes at the 2009 U.S. World Team Trials and 2004 University Nationals, third in the 2008 and 2009 U.S. Nationals, and third at the 2005 University Nationals.
After coming out of Franklin High School in Indiana in 2000 as a high school state champion, he started his career at Northern Illinois while Stutzman was an assistant with the Huskies. He would finish his career in 2005 under Stutzman, who was then the first-year head coach at Bloomsburg. In that season, he was a 2005 EWL champion and an NCAA qualifier after going 38-6.
“I’ve known Bryce since 2000. I was looking for someone with a strong freestyle background and coaching background, and with Bryce coaching at Oklahoma State and with the Hawkeye Wrestling Club I knew that he was the type of coaching mentality I wanted to bring into our wrestling room,” Stutzman said of Hasseman. “He is one of the best people to be around and he has a terrific work ethic, so to me it was a natural transition to coaching.”
Hasseman is married to the former Angie McGinnis, after the two met in 2008 at the Olympic Training Center. Angie was there as an alternate for the U.S. volleyball team.
“We’re going to live what I like to call a ‘Championship Lifestyle’,” Stutzman said about the staff’s first season in Buffalo. “And these two guys are going to help me achieve that.”
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