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Kimpel Named Wrestling Coach At Wabash College

Wabash College athletic director Vernon Mummert has announced the hiring of Steve Kimpel as head wrestling coach and strength and conditioning coordinator. Kimpel replaces Max Servies, who announced his retirement after 40 years as wrestling coach at the College and who coached the Little Giants to 38 consecutive winning seasons in dual meet competition. Kimpel will begin his duties at the College July 1.

Kimpel comes to Wabash from the University of Idaho where he served as a teaching assistant while working toward his doctorate in education. He graduated from the University of Southern Colorado in 1996 where he earned NCAA Division III All-American honors as a wrestler, finishing fourth in 1994 at 158-pounds. He transferred to Southern Colorado from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside where he was a two-time All-American wrestler and was a member of the Academic National Championship Team.

Kimpel was a volunteer assistant coach at Southern Colorado for two seasons before leaving for Fort Hays State University in Kansas. He worked for two years as an assistant wrestling coach while earning a master's degree in physical education in 1997.

Kimpel has also worked as an athlete and coach in freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling, which included a year at the US Olympic Training Center at Colorado Springs.

"Steve brings a knowledge and passion for wrestling to Wabash," said Mummert. "It was very important to make certain that we brought in the right person to follow Coach Servies. I think Kimpel will also be a solid addition to our continued commitment of life-long fitness and education."

"It was great to find a school that is committed to wrestling," said Kimpel. "Wabash has certainly proven over the years that it knows how to combine the student and athletic experiences into a workable situation. I'm excited to be able to be a part of such a successful program, and more importantly such a successful institution like Wabash College."

Kimpel and his wife, Julie, have two daughters, Katrina and Courtney.