Audio Interview: John Stutzman

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John Stutzman

Bloomsburg University assistant wrestling coach Scott Owen has resigned his position to take a post with the New Mexico Activities Association.

Owen was beginning his fifth season as the Huskies assistant coach.

In his four years with the Huskies Owen helped coach 13 NCAA qualifiers and one All-American, while also directing recruiting operations and serving as primary training partner for middleweights.

Owen came to Bloomsburg from the United States Naval Academy where he spent three seasons as an assistant with the Middies helping send 16 wrestlers to the NCAA Championships while also helping produce four All-Americans and two, top-20 finishes at the NCAA Championships. He also led recruiting efforts for the Midshipmen bringing in two consecutive top-25 nationally ranked classes in 2007 and 2008.

"I would like to thank John (Stutzman) for the opportunity to help lead our young men in pursuit of their goals," said Owen. "John has been a mentor as well as a friend to me for a long time and I value the time we were able to work side by side bringing Bloomsburg wrestling to national prominence. I consider Bloomsburg wrestling part of my extended family and to leave them behind will be very hard. I cherish the memories I've made here as well as the chance to work alongside some outstanding men. I will forever be a Husky fan and will root on our guys and coaches from afar as they continue to push Bloomsburg wrestling into the forefront of college wrestling."

"Scott has been a huge asset to me, the program and our student-athletes," Stutzman. "Scott has been my right hand man here and has been directly responsible for our many successes. I can say that he will be missed not only in the wrestling room, but also as a friend. I wish him and his family the very best in his new position back home in New Mexico. Bloomsburg University wrestling is better today because of Scott and for that I am forever grateful."

Prior to his time at Navy, Owen worked at his alma mater Northern Illinois in DeKalb, Ill., where he helped lead the Huskies to national recognition on the mats. He served as a volunteer and assistant coach at the MAC school from 2004-05, where he helped coach seven NCAA Championship qualifiers and one NCAA Finalist.

As a member of the New York Athletic Club, Owen was a two-time Freestyle World Team Trials qualifier, a U.S. Open All-American and was ranked as high as third on the Olympic ladder at 74 kilograms. He placed in numerous international tournaments including a fifth place showing at the 2007 Ivan Yarygin International held in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, considered one of the toughest tournaments in the world. He also won the Sunkist International Open earlier that season.

As a collegiate wrestler at Northern Illinois, Owen was a four-time NCAA qualifier and two-time All-American, placing fifth at 157 pounds in 2002 and 2003. He was ranked as high asnumber one in the country during the 2002-03 season and was a three-time Mid-American Conference champion. He ended his career as the all-time wins leader in Northern Illinois history with 117 wins and is just one of three Northern Illinois wrestlers to finish his career as a two-time All-American.

Before wrestling at Northern Illinois, Owen was a three-time New Mexico state champion and was a two-time member of the ASICS All-American Team in 1996 and 1997.

He also excelled in the classroom, where he graduated cum laude for NIU in biological sciences with an emphasis in pre-med and a minor in chemistry. He was a two-time member of the NWCA First-team Academic All-America Team and was named to the Verizon / CoSIDA Academic All-American Second Team in 2002. In December of 2007 he earned his master's degree in sport management from Northern Illinois.

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