Maverick wrestling moves to Maryville
April 29th, 2011
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.
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.