Top Assistant Leaves Loras

LORAS COLLEGE – Late last month Coach Ryan Birt resigned from the Loras wrestling program to become the head coach at Millikin University. Birt had been at Loras since 2010 and was named the NCAA Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year in 2014. Coach Birt was instrumental in helping lead the Duhawks along with Head Coach Randy Steward and was the sparring partner for 2014 National Champion James Buss.

Birt will begin immediately working with Millikin University whose wrestling program was suspended in 2008 for academic reason. Birt will lead the Big Blue in their first season back this fall.

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Joel is a senior at Loras College and a Dubuque native. Joel is the Producer for SportsZONE, as well as anchor, reporter and commentator for Live Sports. Joel has spent past summers as a sports intern for KCCI-TV in Des Moines and has also interned for the Iowa Cubs video team. Joel has a strong passion for sports and loves to be involved in the community.

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