2009-10 Bucknell Wrestling Coaching Staff/Support Staff
Assistant Coach Virginia Tech ’06 Fourth Year
Assistant Coach Muskingum ’04 First Year
• Four-time NCAA Qualifier • 2006 All-American Tom Carr is in his first year with the Bucknell wrestling program. Carr spent the previous two years as an administrative assistant with the Michigan State wrestling team. He provided assistance in all aspects of the program. Chief among his duties were serving as the assistant tournament director for the Michigan State Open, managing the Spartan Webcast of all home dual meets and assisting in travel management and planning. Additionally, Carr designed marketing materials for the Spartan wrestling camp and developed a marketing plan to enhance the fan experience and increase attendance at home matches. Prior to his time at Michigan State, Carr was an assistant wrestling coach at Central College and with the Buckeye Wrestling Club for a year each. He was heavily involved with recruiting at Central College, while he managed the design and launch of the Buckeye Wrestling Club Web site. A 2004 graduate of Muskingum College with a degree in psychology and minors in business and speech communications, Carr got his start in the coaching profession at Land O’Lakes High School in Florida. There, he served as head coach of the 35-person team that had three state qualifiers, one state champion and three AAU All-Americans.
Donny Ooton Assistant Coach Brockport ’07 Second Year
• Two-time Division III All-American
After a year as a volunteer assistant coach, Donny Ooton is now in his second season as a member of the Bison staff. An accomplished wrestler at both Virginia Tech and Brockport, Ooton is now a full-time member of Dan Wirnsberger’s staff. Ooton, a high school All-American and a three-time Virginia state champion at Great Bridge High School, started his college career at Virginia Tech before transferring to Brockport for his final two seasons. While with the Hokies, Ooton, who was a teammate of current Bison assistant Dave Hoffman, placed third at both the 2004 Navy Classic and the 2005 ACC Championships at 141 pounds. At Brockport, Ooton was a two-time Division III All-American at 149 pounds, and he was the Empire Wrestling Conference champion. Additionally, he placed third at the 2006 Brockport Oklahoma Gold Classic. Over his four-year college career, Ooton posted an 88-36 record. He graduated from Brockport in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education.
Jason Taylor Athletic Trainer Lock Haven ’03
Jerry Shreck Strength & Conditioning Coordinator East Stroudsburg ’96
Dave Hoffman enters his fourth season at Bucknell and his third as Dan Wirnsberger’s top assistant. Hoffman earned the promotion after he spent his first season with the Orange and Blue coaching the varsity lightweights and helping guide 133-pounder David Marble to an appearance at the NCAA Championships in 2007. His work with Marble and the other lightweights has continued and Marble earned his third consecutive NCAA Championship berth last year. Additionally, 125-pounder Derek Reber advanced to the NCAAs as a freshman last spring. Hoffman, a Spring City, Pa., native, graduated from Virginia Tech in 2006 where he was a four-time NCAA Championship qualifier and an All-American his senior year. During his career with the Hokies, Hoffman compiled a record of 11632, including 19 major decisions, five technical falls and 38 falls. He also earned Freshman All-America honors from Amateur Wrestling News in 2002. At The Hill School in Pottstown, Pa., Hoffman was a five-time prep All-American and two-time prep national champion, one of only two wrestlers in school history to achieve All-America status five times. He posted a record of 195-17 in his prep school career.
Robert Midkiff Assistant Provost/ Academic Advisor Ohio State ’82
The 2008-09 Bison Coaching Staff
Third-Place Team Finish at EIWA Championships
2009-10 Bucknell Wrestling Media Guide