Barner Hired As Top Concordia Assistant

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Concordia head coach Quincy Osborn announced that Greg Barner has been named the new full-time assistant coach in the program. Barner fills the position vacated by Osborn after he was hired as head coach.

Barner comes to Concordia after serving as the top assistant at Simpson College for two seasons.

“When I set out to hire a full-time assistant coach I made a list of qualities that were priorities for us and Greg really excels in all of those areas,” Osborn commented. “He builds meaningful relationships, he’s a hard worker, he loves the sport and he has proven an ability to successfully recruit.”

Before his time at Simpson, Barner was the head coach at Northeastern Junior College in Colorado. Barner was the head coach after the school reinstated wrestling after a 37-year break. He guided Northeastern to a Top25 finish in the country in 2016-17 and during that season Northeastern had one All-American and advanced three wrestlers to the national championship meet.

Barner was an assistant coach at Briar Cliff in Iowa before his head coaching position at Northeastern. During his time at Briar Cliff he helped coach two All-Americans and eight national meet qualifiers.

Greg Barner

“I am excited about the opportune to coach and mentor student/athletes at Concordia,” Barner said. “Concordia has a family environment which is built upon relationships. I coach for relationships. That’s a huge reason for me being in this profession and wanting to be a part of Concordia Moorhead. I can’t wait to start working with Coach Osborn. We speak a similar language, have identical standards and share a common vision for the program.”

Barner graduated from Central College in 2014 with a major in exercise science and went on to earn his master’s degree in business administration from Briar Cliff in 2015. He lettered three times during his undergraduate days at Central. Barner started his college career at Iowa Central Community College where he was a part of two national championship teams and earned All-America honors.

Barner will start his position with the Cobbers on June 1.

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