In 2018, 34 Iowa high school wrestlers earned All-American honors at the Cadet and Junior Freestyle and Greco-Roman National Championships in Fargo, North Dakota. Cody Goodwin/The Register
Iowa State wrestling coach Kevin Dresser announced a slight coaching change on Friday morning.
Brent Metcalf, who spent the last year as a volunteer assistant for the Cyclones, has been promoted to a full-time assistant coach. The move is pending a university background check.
“My experience at Iowa State last year was above and beyond any expectations I had,” Metcalf said in a release. “This coaching staff, administration and, most importantly, this team are a great group of motivated individuals who I feel blessed to work with.”
Metcalf’s promotion means he can recruit on the road for the Cyclones, something his volunteer assistant role did not allow. That comes at a good time, as Dresser and his staff can start reaching out to wrestlers in the 2020 class beginning on Saturday.
The Cyclones currently have just one wrestler committed as part of its 2019 recruiting class — Albia’s Aden Reeves — and none for 2020. Dresser can't wait to see what Metcalf can do on the recruiting trail.
“I am excited to promote Brent within our organization,” Dresser said in a release. “He did a fantastic job in his first year at Iowa State and I am excited to see him continue to grow as a coach.
“Gettin Brent out on the road recruiting will be a new and exciting challenge for him and, most importantly, a huge asset to the future of Cyclone wrestling.”
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This move comes just three weeks after Mike Zadick was dismissed from his duties as the program’s associate head coach. Dresser cited “significant differences in opinion” when announcing the coaching change.
As a volunteer assistant, Metcalf played a big role in the on-the-mat development of Iowa State's wrestlers. Specifically, he helped 149-pounder Jarrett Degen, who reached the bloodround of the 2018 NCAA Championships, and Austin Gomez, who qualified for the 2018 Junior World Championships earlier this summer.
Metcalf was a three-time All-American and two-time NCAA title winner at Iowa. He was a regular on the U.S. Senior Freestyle World Team after graduation. After his competitive career, he served as the National Freestyle Developmental Coach for USA Wrestling before coming to Ames.
“I very much look forward to taking on a larger role in recruiting and finding the right student-athletes to represent this university,” Metcalf said. “My favorite part about coaching is impacting the lives and careers of young men and I’m laser focused on that mission.
“I look forward to the challenge of bringing Iowa State wrestling back to national contention, where it belongs.”
Cody Goodwin covers wrestling and high school sports for the Des Moines Register. Follow him on Twitter at @codygoodwin.