Eustice hired as SDSU assistant

South Dakota State Director of Athletics Justin Sell and head wrestling coach Jason Liles announced Friday the hiring of former Iowa Lakes Community College head coach and University of Iowa wrestler Ty Eustice as assistant coach for the Jackrabbit wrestling program.

“I am extremely excited to have Ty as our first full-time assistant wrestling coach at South Dakota State,” Liles said. “He has had excellent mentors during his career and his pedigree of success both as an athlete and as a collegiate coach is exceptional. Ty is a perfect fit for SDSU and there’s no question that he will impact our program.”

A Blue Earth, Minn., native, Eustice has experience at every level of NCAA wrestling, competing at Division I and coaching at Division II and Division III.

“I’m very excited to get back to the Division I level and work with guys who are passionate about the sport, and who are willing to make the sacrifices necessary to become successful,” Eustice said. “SDSU is a school that is thriving and growing. The Jackrabbits have a great tradition and are dedicated to excelling at the highest of levels.”

Eustice spent the last two seasons as the head coach at Iowa Lakes. He became one of the nation’s youngest head coaches when he was hired in July 2009. In his time at ILCC, Eustice led the Lakers to a 14-11 dual meet record and two top-10 national tournament places. ILCC qualified 17 wrestlers for nationals during his tenure, including a two-time national champion, six All-Americans and two Academic All-Americans.

Prior to his time at Iowa Lakes, Eustice served as assistant wrestling coach at Cornell College, a Division III institution in Mount Vernon, Iowa. In his lone season, the Rams finished eighth at the NCAA Championships and had three All-Americans.

Before Cornell, Eustice spent two years at Division II Minnesota State University, Mankato as a graduate assistant. In his time at MSU, Eustice earned a Master of Arts degree in sports management while helping the Mavericks secure two top-five team finishes, two individual national champions, and 12 All-Americans.

Eustice was a four-year letterwinner at the University of Iowa from 2001-06. After redshirting as a freshman, Eustice compiled a 111-29 collegiate record, including a 28-3 mark his senior season. He received all-American recognition his junior and senior years, placing fifth and second at the NCAA Championships, respectively. Eustice received the team Mike Howard Most Valuable Wrestler his senior year and the team Mike McGivern Most Courageous Wrestler Award his redshirt freshman year. He was a two-time team captain, four-time NCAA Division I National Qualifier and a Cadet, Junior and FILA Junior National Freestyle All-American. Eustice graduated in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in art.

In his prep days at Blue Earth High School, Eustice won four individual state titles.