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    March 26. 2009 3:29PM
    Penrith gets 3-year extension at UNI
    University of Northern Iowa Sports Information

    http://www.gazetteonline.com/apps/pb...903269928/1008
    University of Northern Iowa head wrestling coach Brad Penrith has accepted a three-year contract extension, UNI director of athletics Troy Dannen announced today. Penrith?s new deal runs through June 2012.

    ?It was clear during our meetings this week, Brad is anxious to take the program forward to achieve the goals we all share for Panther wrestling,? Dannen said. ?This extension gives him the opportunity to build upon our competitive successes, and continue to enhance the development of the students in our program.?

    ?I am extremely excited for the Panther wrestling program because it shows a level of commitment from our administration to me and my coaching staff that they think we can get this done,? Penrith said. ?I love the idea that we have been given the challenge of taking Panther wrestling to the next level. Working together with the administration, we can make this happen.?

    The Panthers placed 22nd at the 2009 NCAA Championships, which was the seventh top-25 finish for Penrith during his nine-year reign. This past season also saw senior Moza Fay earn All-America honors at 165 pounds.

    Penrith has coached 13 All-Americans and 68 national qualifiers during his nine-year stay as Panther head coach. The Panthers have tallied an 80-63-4 dual mark under Penrith and recently won the school?s 24th straight regional team title. Penrith?s wrestlers have earned 17 National Wrestling Coaches Association All-Academic team honors since 2001.

    The Windsor, N.Y., native has been affiliated with the UNI wrestling program since 1997 when he began his stay in Cedar Falls as an assistant coach. Penrith has been instrumental in securing six top-25 recruiting classes, including his 2003 class (No. 4) and 2007 class (No. 9), which ranked among the best in the nation.

    A 1988 graduate of the University of Iowa Iowa, Penrith was crowned the NCAA 126-pound champion as a sophomore in 1986. Penrith also garnered national runner-up honors in 1987 and 1988 for the Hawkeyes
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    Curious what the UNI fans think about this one, heard some rumblings against what UNI has been doing lately but I don't follow them well enough to have an opinion...

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    Obviously Troy Dannen is looking for wrestling to be the next program dropped at UNI. Why else would he give Penrith a three year extention with the job he has done. It will be much easier to drop them when the program is down rather than being rebuilt by a quality coach.

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    Herkey, that's not entirely fair. Given the tough budgets for state universities right now, and given that any big-name coach might have asked for big increases in both salary and facilities, it's probably a prudent decision. UNI just cut baseball for next year.
    I'm not saying that Brad Penrith is the next Gable, but he's a decent guy, a good recruiter, he really knows wrestling, and he's stuck around. If you really want to help wrestling at UNI, go to some duals there, and/or send them a check.
    I hope this makes Ban happy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grapplefan View Post
    Herkey, that's not entirely fair. Given the tough budgets for state universities right now, and given that any big-name coach might have asked for big increases in both salary and facilities, it's probably a prudent decision. UNI just cut baseball for next year.
    I'm not saying that Brad Penrith is the next Gable, but he's a decent guy, a good recruiter, he really knows wrestling, and he's stuck around. If you really want to help wrestling at UNI, go to some duals there, and/or send them a check.
    I hope this makes Ban happy.
    Great assessment. At least they didn't pull an Oregon... get behind the program rather than forcing us into another SaveOregonWrestling.com, SaveASUWrestling.com situation!

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    Quote Originally Posted by grapplefan View Post
    Herkey, that's not entirely fair. Given the tough budgets for state universities right now, and given that any big-name coach might have asked for big increases in both salary and facilities, it's probably a prudent decision. UNI just cut baseball for next year.
    I'm not saying that Brad Penrith is the next Gable, but he's a decent guy, a good recruiter, he really knows wrestling, and he's stuck around. If you really want to help wrestling at UNI, go to some duals there, and/or send them a check.
    I hope this makes Ban happy.
    The absolute best response there could have been! If you can attend a Panther meet, please do - the McLeod Center is a fabulous wrestling venue. Sandy Stevens runs a fund raising program for UNI wrestling every year called, "Pledges for Pins". If you want to be on next year's email or postal mail list just email me at jim@dmsolutions4u.com and I'll forward your information to Sandy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grapplefan View Post
    Herkey, that's not entirely fair. Given the tough budgets for state universities right now, and given that any big-name coach might have asked for big increases in both salary and facilities, it's probably a prudent decision. UNI just cut baseball for next year.
    I'm not saying that Brad Penrith is the next Gable, but he's a decent guy, a good recruiter, he really knows wrestling, and he's stuck around. If you really want to help wrestling at UNI, go to some duals there, and/or send them a check.
    I hope this makes Ban happy.
    I love going to meets at UNI. I used to live in Cedar Falls and went to just about every home meet for the two years I lived there. I agree with you that more people should go to the McLeod Center to watch wrestling it is a great place for it. I would rank it as my second favorite place to watch a dual.

    Having said that, supporting UNI wrestling and going to meets has nothing to do with getting a better coach. UNI deserves better. Keeping Penrith because he has stuck around is like dating an axe murderer and staying with her because she won't go away. It's a bad situation for everyone involved except for the axe murderer. The fans of UNI wrestling deserve more than this. They need to know that an attempt is being made to become relevent in college wrestling. Maybe they would get more fans to attend a meet and more donations if they thought the university was at least trying to win. Penrith is a good recruiter, there is no doubt. He has brought in some very good recruits. But those recruits rarely get better and that is a coaching problem imo.

    I'm not trying to drag UNI wrestling through the mud, I am just a fan that would like to see a change. I don't think it is too much to ask for at least the appearance of trying.

    IMO Dannen is just setting us up for the guillotine. Hope I'm wrong.

    Disclaimer: Brad Penrith is not an axe murderer. It is just a horrible analogy but it was the first thing that popped into my tiny little brain. I like Brad and think he was a great Hawkeye but I don't think he is the right person to be the Head coach at UNI.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Herkey#1 View Post
    Disclaimer: Brad Penrith is not an axe murderer. It is just a horrible analogy but it was the first thing that popped into my tiny little brain. I like Brad and think he was a great Hawkeye but I don't think he is the right person to be the Head coach at UNI.
    You're right, that's a horrible analogy, and very untrue. Find another coach who's willing to make a long-term commitment to UNI wrestling, and who can recruit half as well as Penrith, for the same salary and budget, and then we'll discuss. Manning is a great coach, and now he's at Nebraska. I'm of the belief that if Penrith focuses on individual improvement, peaking for late season, and injury prevention, the Panthers will be contenders. We all feel that they're capable of better finish at Nationals. It would be good for wrestling in Iowa if the Panthers could knock off the Hawks or Clones (and, of course, Gophers and Badgers!!) more often.
    Last edited by grapplefan; 03-27-2009 at 10:34 AM.

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    We are of different opinions on this matter so we will agree to disagree. I just feel that UNI could use a little shot in the arm to help rejuvinate its status in the national scene. I'm not going to be unrealistic and think they will be able to beat the powers but to be competitive would be nice. It was nice to see the fire they had a couple of years ago in Cedar Falls when they took Iowa to the wire. I think that if they had a guy that could develop the great recruits better, they could do that more often. In most cases if the team is not performing to their capabilities the coach is the one to take the fall. I know there are plenty of guys out there that would love to have the UNI job. Wether or not they would stay long term cannot be forseen but I dont' think that keeping Penrith around just because he wants to stay is the right move. UNI should be better than 20th...ish in consecutive seasons.

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