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Wrestling coach of 26 years announces retirement



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Duane Goldman coaches his son, senior Garrett Goldman, during a playoff meet against Appalachian State Sunday at the IU Gymnasium. Goldman announced his retirement Thursday afternoon. Levi Reece Buy Photos

IU Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass announced April 5 that Coach Duane Goldman will be retiring effective immediately. 

Stepping in as the program’s eighth head coach will be former Hoosier wrestler Angel Escobedo.

"We appreciate the significant contributions that Duane has made in building Indiana Wrestling and developing outstanding wrestlers who have excelled at a national level and have represented the program and the university well," Glass said in an IU Athletics press release. "He has left a great and lasting mark on our wrestling program."

During his 26 years as the Hoosiers' head coach, Goldman coached three NCAA champions, in Angel Escobedo in 2008 as well as Joe Duboque in 2005 and 2006. He also led the Hoosiers to 13 top-25 finishes in the NCAA championships. 

After a three-year stint in Ames, Iowa, coincidentally the same place Goldman started his career, Escobedo returned to Bloomington last April to serve as the Hoosiers associate head coach. Escobedo wrestled at IU from 2006 to 2010. 

"This was a dream of mine when I set out as a coach to come back here and run this program," Escobedo said in an IU Athletics press release. "It's a huge opportunity, and I'm really grateful for it. I'm excited to build this program off of what Duane established and continue to raise the bar."

Daniel Zur

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