FERRUM, Va. (WFXR) — After kick starting the wrestling program at Ferrum College, Nate Yetzer is leaving the Panthers to help begin a new team at Roanoke College.
Yetzer will become the Maroons’ first wrestling head coach in program history after spending seven seasons at Ferrum as that school’s first coach.
“I am so thankful that Ferrum took a chance on me eight years ago to lead this program,” said Yetzer, “The people I have met along the way are lifelong friends. Ferrum will always hold a special place in my heart and I believe that I am leaving this program in a great position. I always stress to my guys the importance of getting outside their comfort zone in order to grow as a person. I believe I need to do the same.
The Panthers competed as a club program during the 2012-13 season, then began varsity competition the following season. Yetzer quickly established the program on the national stage, leading the program to an NCAA regional championship in 2017, a runner-up performance in 2019, five consecutive top-5 finishes at the NCAA regionals from 2016-2020 and five consecutive Southeast Wrestling Conference (SEWC) championships.
Yetzer’s career coaching record through seven season stands at 66-32, with 14 NCAA individual tournament qualifiers, five individual NCAA Regional champions and four All-Americans. Yetzer coached one NCAA finalist, Zack Beckner, who was runner-up at 125 pounds at the 2017 NCAA Tournament.