Forging A Legacy

Head coach Roger Kish uses lessons taught to him by his coaching mentors to create his own chapter in Bison wrestling history.

Roger Kish knows he has been lucky throughout his wrestling career. Whether it be as an athlete and coach under J Robinson at the University of Minnesota or an assistant under NDSU head coach Bucky Maughan for two seasons, he certainly knows he has been privileged. “I’m really lucky. You look at college wrestling coaches and there are maybe five or six coaches that stand out. I’ve had the privilege of working with two of them,” Kish said. “As an athlete and as a coach. There’s probably not a whole lot of guys who can say they worked with both J Robinson and Bucky Maughan.”

Kish, who wrestled at Minnesota and was a Big Ten champion in his sophomore season, became a graduate assistant for the Gophers during the 2008-09 season. It was then that Kish took an assistant coaching position at North Dakota State. Little did he know that it would transition him into a head coaching role after Maughan retired in 2011. Now in his eighth season as head coach of the wrestling program, Kish recalls his top learning moments from Maughan and Robinson. “Utilizing the experiences, not just the day to day operations, but just the depth,” he said. “A lot of it is learned from just watching.” Continue reading at