Seven national top-10 team finishes
PELLA—Former all-American Kevin Donahue has joined the Central College staff as an assistant wrestling coach.
A 2011 Cornell College graduate, Donahue was a three-time all-American at 141 pounds. He placed fourth at the NCAA Division III championship meet the past two seasons and finished seventh in 2008-09. Donahue was a league placewinner all four years and was a two-time league champion. Compiling a 109-41 career record, Donahue ranks ninth on Cornell’s career wins leaderboard. He helped the Rams post four top-20 NCAA finishes, including two in the top 10.
“We’re extremely excited to have Kevin on board,” Central head coach Eric Van Kley said. “The thing that really impressed us about him is that he’s excelled on and off the mat. He’s a high-quality person.”
A Mechanicsville, Va. native, Donahue received Cornell’s Paul K. Scott Senior Male Athlete of the Year Award. He was named the team’s 2011 MVP and was a three-time recipient of the squad’s Most Dedicated Wrestler Award. He also received the Most Improved Performer Award in 2009.
Donahue also coached at Rob Waller’s All-American Wrestling Camp.
Van Kley, entering his fifth season at Central, is returning the wrestling program to national prominence. After inheriting a winless squad in 2007, Van Kley guided the Dutch to back-to-back 10-win dual seasons in 2009-10 and 2010-11. At the powerful Iowa Conference tournament last season, Central placed in the top eight at all 10 weights for the first time since 1996. The Dutch also sent a wrestler to the NCAA Division III championship for the first time since 2004.
Donahue replaces Jake Patacsil, who resigned after one season with the Dutch.