It’s A New Era For The Pioneers

Northland Community and Technical College has low numbers but high expectations

By Matt Krumrie

It’s a new era for the Northland Community and Technical College wrestling program. Brandon Ballard takes over as head coach this season, replacing Scott DCamp. DCamp led the program from 2013-2022, helping to re-establish and rebuild the program when it was reinstated after a 43-year absence in 2013. DCamp substantially impacted the program on and off the mat, coaching over 25 wrestlers to the NJCAA national tournament and 11 MCAC Region XIII Champions.

DCamp will stay on as an assistant coach this year and hand the reigns over to Ballard. Ballard comes to the Pioneers from Milton, FL, where he was the head coach for the Panda Wrestling Alliance. Before the Pandas, Ballard was head coach at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, where he coached eight national qualifiers and one All-American at the National Collegiate Wrestling Association National Championships. Ballard is originally from Glen Burnie, MD, and started his coaching career as the head coach of his alma mater, North County High School in Glen Burnie. Ballard wrestled collegiately at South Dakota State University, Labette College in southeast Kansas, and York College of Pennsylvania.

When hired, Ballard talked about providing a complete student-athlete experience and preparing wrestlers to succeed in the sport and life.

“I want to build really good wrestlers,” said Ballard. “National champions are great, but I think it’s more important who they become after wrestling. I want to prepare these kids for the next step in life. I hope I can push them to be even more than they thought they could become.”

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