CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – University of Northern Iowa Director of Athletics David Harris has announced the signing of a contract extension for head wrestling coach Doug Schwab through the 2027-28 season.
Keckeisen finished 20-1 and his third-place finish is the best by a Panther freshmen in almost 70 years. In 1952, Bill Wieck took first at 157, one match after former Waterloo West star Jim Harmon took second at 147.
“Doug has consistently and impressively improved the UNI Wrestling program during his 11-year tenure and has built a team that is among the best in the Big 12 and in the NCAA,” Harris said. “Along with his continued success on the mat, he, Allyson and their family have ingrained themselves into the Cedar Valley and the UNI community. We are thrilled to continue to have coach Schwab lead our program into the future.”
The extension comes weeks after Schwab had been linked to the then open position at the University of Illinois.
Schwab, the 2020 Big 12 Coach of the Year, has had 60 NCAA qualifiers and 17 All-Americans and he has won 90 dual matches. The Panthers have finished in the top three at the Big-12 championship and have had two champions in three of the last four seasons. The Panthers have had at least one All-American for each of the last eight seasons.
“I am excited for the opportunity to continue to build this program and move it forward,” Schwab said. “We love our team and our community. UNI is home. We have a lot left that we want to achieve and there is no place I would rather do it than UNI. Our family has a great support system here and we are excited for the future.”
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Off of the mat, UNI had one of its best academic years with back-to-back semesters with team GPAs over 3.3. The Panthers recorded a GPA of 3.38 in the spring of 2020 and 3.39 in the fall of 2020. A school-record 18 wrestlers earned Academic All-Big 12 honors this season.