PAINESVILLE, Ohio – Lake Erie College Head Wrestling Coach Kevin Hoogenboom announced his retirement from coaching on Wednesday (March 14).
Coach Hoogenboom said, "I am grateful for the opportunity to work at Lake Erie College. I had the pleasure to work alongside some great people during my nine years of service and I have coached many great men. It is those relationships I hold close and cherish!"
Hoogenboom was named the first head wrestling coach in Lake Erie history in November 2009 and was charged with the task of building the program from the mat up. The Storm's inaugural season of 2010-11 could only be deemed a success as Hoogenboom led his squad to five dual wins and a regional ranking as high as eighth during the course of the season.
Over the course of his nine year stint at Lake Erie, Hoogenboom had his team nationally ranked on a consistent basis, and reached his highest ranking of seventh in the 2014-15 season. He coached five regional champions, 25 national qualifiers, and seven All-Americans. Hoogenboom has led his team to nationals for seven consecutive years from 2012-2018. The Storm had at least one All-American for six consecutive seasons from 2012-2017, and had two national runners up in Zak Vargo (2013) and Matt Vandermeer (2015).
Under the direction of Hoogenboom, the Storm were three-time Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) champions. The championships came in three consecutive seasons from 2013-2016. The Storm had 28 All-GLIAC awards, 17 First Team and 11 Second Team, as well as three Freshman of the Year accolades.
Hoogenboom was honored with four Coach of the Year honors during his tenure with the Storm. He was a two time Regional Coach of the Year as he was named Coach of the Year in the 2012-13 and 2014-15 season. He was twice named GLIAC Coach of the Year in back to back seasons from 2013-2015, when Lake Erie won two of their GLIAC Championships.
Coach Hoogenboom added, "Starting a program from the ground up was a tough task, but I had great support from the beginning. I would like to thank all of our friends, supporters, alumni, and families for helping create a great culture within Storm Wrestling. The program would not have achieved as much success without your support."
"It was a very tough decision, but it was certainly one I feel was best for my family and for Storm Wrestling", concluded Hoogenboom. He will be turning his attention to his personal business outside the world of athletics.
Director of Athletics Kelley Kish said, "We appreciate all that Kevin has given to Lake Erie College as the leader of our wrestling program since 2009. While we are starting a new chapter for Storm Wrestling, it will be built upon the championship legacy established by Kevin and all of the student-athletes who compete at Lake Erie. The future is bright for Lake Erie wrestling and Kevin's name is forever etched in the history and all future accomplishments."
A national search to find the second head coach in program will history will begin immediately.