Bloomsburg Wrestling

Head Coach John Stutzman

John Stutzman

John Stutzman begins his fifth season as head coach of the Bloomsburg University wrestling team in 2009-10.

Under his tutelage, he has qualified 18 wrestlers for the NCAA Division I Championships and produced the school's first set of consecutive All-Americans since the 1988-89 seasons, while recording 40 dual meet victories. He was named the 2007 EWL Coach of the Year, earned national recognition as a team, produced the 2007 EWL/PSAC Freshman of the Year as well as the 2009 EWL tournament's outstanding wrestler.

Prior to becoming Bloomsburg University's head wrestling coach, he was an assistant coach for seven years at the Division I level. During those seven seasons, Stutzman worked at three very successful universities: the University at Buffalo, Northern Illinois University and Bloomsburg. Throughout that time, he assisted in the development and maturation of six conference champions, 22 Division I NCAA qualifiers, and two Division I All-Americans. He has recruited six classes that have been ranked in the top 25 nationally.

In addition to his college coaching duties, Stutzman has coached with the New York Athletic Club at the 2004 and 2008 USA Olympic Freestyle Trials, as well as the 2006, 2007, and the 2009 World Team Trials. During this time, I coached five Three World Team Trials participants, Two Olympic Team Trials participants, and one USA National Team Member. He was also an assistant wrestling coach for the 2009 NWCA All-American tour in Seoul, South Korea. and was the assistant wrestling coach for Team USA for the University Team in Poland in 2009.

During the 2004-05 season, he helped coach six Bloomsburg NCAA qualifiers and helped lead the team to a 10-win season. The Huskies won their first Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championship since 1990, recording the school's 14th title in school history. Bloomsburg had two PSAC Championships in 2005, and also three EWL title-winners. That season, Stutzman also helped the Huskies to their first win over Edinboro since 1993.

At Northern Illinois from 2000-2002, Stutzman coached All-American Scott Owen as well as helping lead the squad to a second-place finish at the Mid-American Conference Championships.

From 1998-2000, Stutzman served as the assistant coach at Buffalo helping coach the school's first Mid-American Conference champion. Buffalo qualified six wrestlers to the NCAA Championships in those three seasons and compiled a 19-10-2 record.

A 1998 graduate of the University of Buffalo, Stutzman was 95-27 in a three-year career for the Bulls and left as the school's all-time leader in career wins. His best year for the Bulls was the 1996-97 season when he posted a mark of 35-4. He was a three-time East Coast Wrestling Association place winner and a two-time alternate for the Division I championships.

During his junior and senior seasons, he was named captain and also earned team MVP honors for two seasons. Stutzman was a Region Three Champion and was named Most Outstanding Wrestler while competing for Niagara County Community College.

Stutzman, a native of New Castle, Del., is married to the former Annette Hasseman. The couple has two daughters, three-year old Alexa Bryanna, and Torin Valera, born in December 2008.

Updated 10/26/09