Aho announced as U-Mary head wrestling coach

August 6, 2020 0 By HearthstoneYarns

Bismarck, N.D.—University of Mary Athletic Director Roger Thomas today announced the hiring of Adam Aho as head wrestling coach. Aho joins U-Mary after serving as an assistant at Minnesota State University, Mankato. The Mavericks finished eighth in 2012-13 at the NCAA Division II National Championship.

“Adam Aho is an exciting young coach who we believe will build on the recent strides we have taken with our wrestling program. A major part of winning programs while wrestling in high school and college, Adam has spent the past two years coaching at one of the top programs in the nation. We look forward to Adam bringing all of those successes with him as he takes over the Marauders wrestling program,” stated Thomas.

Adam Aho

Aho is equally excited to have a chance to be a part of U-Mary athletics, explaining that, “The sincere hospitality and the commitment to excellence from all of the athletic staff made the decision extremely easy for me to accept the position. I feel that the University of Mary is the perfect fit for me.” Optimistic for the future of Marauders athletics, Aho added, “Roger Thomas is a great leader and has a clear vision for the future of U-Mary athletics.”

Aho joins the U-Mary staff after serving the past two seasons at Minnesota State University. While at Minnesota State Aho worked with hall of fame coaches Jim Makovsky (head coach) and Mike Niemczyk (assistant). During his tenure at MSU, Aho coached four All-Americans and six all-conference wrestlers. The Mavericks were ranked as high as eighth in the country in 2012-13.

As a student-athlete Aho was a four-year starter at North Dakota State University. Graduating in 2009, Aho served as a team captain his senior season. During his prep career at Frazee High School, Aho placed three times at the Minnesota Class A State Tournament including a state championship in 2004.

Aho replaces Ben Berogan, who resigned the Marauders wrestling head coaching position earlier this spring due to career opportunities for his family in another city. After joining U-Mary as an assistant wrestling coach in 2003, Berogan became the Marauders interim head coach in January 2007 and the full-time head coach in 2008. Berogan coached all three Marauders NCAA All-Americans (Jesse Laber in 2008 and Taylor Nagel and Trevor Johnson in 2012) and led U-Mary to 19th place at the 2012 national championships. The Marauders also were named the nation’s top academic wrestling team in 2012 and have finished in the top seven the past three years.

U-Mary received votes in the national poll much of the 2012-13 season and returns All-American Trevor Johnson. Aho is confident the program is on the right track.

“I believe 100 percent that I can be successful and elevate the wrestling program to become contenders in the Northern Sun and be nationally competitive in the next few years. It has been my lifelong goal and dream to become a head wrestling coach at the college level. I am driven and determined to make the best of this opportunity,” said Aho.

Aho has already assumed full responsibilities of the wrestling program and is in the process of moving to the Bismarck area, where he will live with his wife LaBreena and 11-month old son Brayden.

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