Just a day after we found out the Derek St. John would be taking a coaching position at North Dakota State, it appears another recent Hawkeye graduate has landed a coaching job. Ethen Lofthouse, who hails from Avon, Utah has accepted a position to become the assistant coach at Utah Valley University.
“We’re excited to have Ethen join our staff. He brings a lot of great experience and work ethic here to our program, as he competed for Iowa,” said Williams. “We’re looking forward to having him bring that experience with him here to Utah Valley.” (from Utah Valley’s release).
Lofthouse was a two time All American under Tom Brands, competing at both 174 and 184 for the Hawkeyes. This past season Lofthouse made the finals of the Big Ten tournament, and qualified for his fourth NCAA tournament. “I’m really excited to get back into wresting in the state of Utah and be on the coaching side of things,” Lofthouse said. “I’m also looking forward to recruiting the kids here in Utah and being able to help get the max potential out of them. I can’t wait to step into UVU’s room and I’m looking forward to helping make the program move on up.” (more from the release).
Lofthouse’s uncle Luke (who also wrestled at Iowa) probably served as a sort of inspiration, as he has been the Hawkeye’s strength and conditioning coach for the past few seasons. Ethen will have the opportunity to coach his younger brother Raider, who recently committed to Utah Valley earlier this year.