Former University at Buffalo wrestler John Stutzman, the school’s career leader in wins when he graduated 15 years ago, has been named the Bulls’ new wrestling coach, athletic director Danny White announced Tuesday.
Stutzman returns to UB after eight seasons as head coach at Bloomsburg University (Pa.), where his teams went a combined 97-59-1 and he was three times named Eastern Wrestling League Coach of the Year. Stutzman replaces his former coach, Jim Beichner, who was told in March his contract would not be renewed.
“We are excited to welcome John back to Buffalo,” White said in a university release. “His impressive career on the mat has been matched by his long history of excellence as a coach. Given the amount of success that Coach Stutzman has experienced at Bloomsburg, I’m confident with the resources and enhanced facilities we have available he can build UB into one of the premier wrestling programs in the nation.”
Stutzman’s tenure at Bloomsburg was distinguished by the school’s 33 Division I national qualifiers, three All-Americans and eight Eastern Wrestling League champions. Like his predecessor, Stutzman also has made his mark outside the collegiate setting. He coached with the New York Athletic Club at the last three USA Olympic Freestyle Trials and was involved in six Senior World Team Trials. He has been on staff at USA Wrestling since 2009 and his wealth of international experience includes a stint as head coach of the World University team and assistant coach for Team USA at the University Team Championships in Poland in 2009.
Stutzman, a native of New Castle, Del., ascended to the head job at Bloomsburg after seven combined years as a Division I assistant at UB, Northern Illinois and Bloomsburg. His Huskies went 17-3 this season and captured the first outright EWL Dual Meet Championships in school history.
As a UB wrestler, Stutzman went 95-27 over three years. That includes a 35-4 mark in 1996-97 that stands as the fourth-best single-season winning percentage in school history. He’s also tied for fourth in career takedowns.