Schwab, UNI agree to new contract

New deal extends through 2020-21 season

K.J. Pilcher, The Gazette
Published: May 3 2014 | 2:50 am - Updated: 3 May 2014 | 11:50 pm in On the Mats by KJ Pilcher, Panthers, Sports Rotator, Wrestling,

The University of Northern Iowa rewarded Doug Schwab with a new seven-year contract, keeping him at the helm of the Panthers program through the 2020-21 season.

UNI announced Schwab had signed the agreement Friday. Schwab guided UNI to a second straight 15th-place finish at the NCAA Championships in March and a top-five national dual ranking as the only NCAA Division I program to go undefeated. The Panthers went 13-0. The Panthers had three All-Americans, including sixth-place 125-pounder Dylan Peters who returns next year.

“Doug has done a tremendous job with our wrestling program and is very much deserving of the new contract,” UNI Athletics Director Troy Dannen said in a news release from the school. “We look forward to our wrestling program’s further achievements under his leadership.”

Under the new contract, Schwab will earn $115,000 a year with a $100,000 buyout clause should he leave for another job.

“I’m excited for the future of Panther Wrestling, and I’m appreciative of the support from our administration, alumni and fans,” Schwab said in the release. “Along with my staff, I look forward to continuing to build on the foundation we’ve established at UNI.”

Read the full news release from the UNI Sports Information Department:

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — UNI’s wrestling coach Doug Schwab signed a new seven-year contract, taking him through the 2020-21 season.

“I’m excited for the future of Panther Wrestling, and I’m appreciative of the support from our administration, alumni and fans,” Schwab said. “Along with my staff, I look forward to continuing to build on the foundation we’ve established at UNI.”

Under the new contract, Schwab will earn $115,000 a year with a $100,000 buyout clause should he leave for another job.

“Doug has done a tremendous job with our wrestling program and is very much deserving of the new contract,” said Athletics Director Troy Dannen. “We look forward to our wrestling program’s further achievements under his leadership.”

Schwab crowned his first two All-Americans at UNI in the 2012-13 season with David Bonin and Ryan Loder, who got fourth and seventh respectively at the NCAA national tournament. The team placed 15th, the highest finish from a Panther team since 2005.

He crowned his third, fourth and fifth All-Americans when Joe Colon grabbed third place and Dylan Peters and Joey Lazor took sixth. It was the most All-Americans at UNI since 2002. Peters became the first freshman to earn the honor since 1996. Despite earning more points than the previous season, UNI took 15th for the second consecutive year.

Seven Panthers earned automatic bids to the 2014 NCAA tournament, the most since 2007-08 when nine qualified. Five wrestlers earned a top-15 seed: No. 5 Peters (125 pounds), No. 1 Colon (133 pounds), No. 11 Lazor (141 pounds), No. 10 Cooper Moore (165 pounds), No. 15 Ryan Loder (184 pounds).

UNI was the only Division I wrestling team to finish the dual season undefeated (13-0). UNI hadn’t been undefeated since 1950, when the team went 11-0. The program saw its biggest jump in attendance in at least 14 seasons, posting the ninth highest numbers in the nation. Four home duals in the West Gym were sellouts (2,060).

Peters’ 13 falls against Division I opponents was the fifth most in the nation. Colon had 10 tech falls, which was the same number as the nation’s Division I leader.

The team implemented its first Mid-American Conference schedule last season and took second to Missouri at the championships, reaching as high as fifth in the national rankings.

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