Maverick wrestling moves to Maryville

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April 29th, 2011

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Omaha, NE – After weeks of speculation, former Nebraska-Omaha wrestling coach Mike Denney made the announcement Thursday that UNO’s championship wrestling program would make the move to Maryville University in St. Louis, MO for a fresh start. The decision came after the wrestling program was cut, along with football, in March as a result of the controversial decision to move UNO to Division I.

Former Maverick Wrestling Coach Mike Denney is moving his championship team to Maryville University in St. Louis, MO. (Photo credit Joe Shearer/The Gateway)

Marty Parks, Associate Vice President of Marketing and Community Relations at Maryville, said the University is excited about implementing the wrestling program, and that the former UNO team has a strong tradition of success that is welcome at Maryville.

“It’s not often that you’re looking to add a sport and you’re able to add that sport by bringing in a defending national champion,” he said, “and the gentleman who’s acknowledged to be the best college wrestling coach on all levels. I don’t know if that’s ever happened in the history of college sports.”

Parks said Denney has stated several UNO wrestlers have agreed to transfer to Maryville, although currently there’s no official count.

“Coach Denney said he wasn’t sure of an exact number because those discussions are still ongoing,” Parks said. “But he did feel that a large number of the wrestlers that he had there [at UNO] would be coming to Maryville.”

In a statement, Denney said, “It isn’t every day that an experienced coach gets the chance to create a college wrestling program from scratch, but that’s exactly the opportunity I’ve been blessed to receive at Maryville University.” Denney will begin his new job June 1, 2011.

2 Responses

  1. Gaylen Kamrath says:

    Coach Denney you are a true warrior. I really appreciate what you have done for wrestling in Nebraska. I wish you all the success in your new journey.

  2. Judi Roac says:

    Congrats to Coach Denney and the team. I am happy that they have found a home and rightfully so. They will continue the tradition of excellence, because that is what they are through and through.
    Trev Alberts, Dr. Christensen, and the Regents have made a huge mistake. The manner in which this decision was made and carried out has left a bitter taste in many people’s mouths. Professional people do not conduct themselves in the manner in which Trev Alberts and Dr. Christensen handled this situation. At the end of the day, they serve student athletes. Those two men errored in the handling of the student athletes involved and that will never change. Nebraska’s loss is Maryville’s gain. This team deserves the best that any college can offer them. Good luck to Coach Denney and the team.

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