Ali Sprenger learns, grows as first-year head coach

NEW ULM — New Ulm native Ali (Bernard) Sprenger said that her first year as head women’s wrestling coach at Augsburg University was a huge learning and career opportunity.

“And I knew right away that this was the right choice and the clear path for me to take,” she said. “There was a lot of learning and a lot of memorable moments that I am excited to continue to build off of.”

Sprenger said that she learned that there is more than just teaching and coaching wrestling techniques to her wrestlers.

“There is scheduling to budget management,” she said. “Being a coach to do all of that is so important and that was a big learn for me.” Continue reading at →

Two-time Olympian Ali Sprenger begins work as Augsburg women’s wrestling head coach

MINNEAPOLIS — There are not many people who get to do a job that they enjoy getting up for every morning.

But former New Ulmite Ali (Bernard) Sprenger is one of those people.

Sprenger is in her first year as head women’s wrestling coach at Augsburg University after replacing Jake Short as head coach.

“I realize how cool it is that I get to do this every day for a job,” Sprenger, who officially had her first practice as coach on Oct. 10, said. “I get to go in, wrestle and work with the girls. I am extremely happy with my new position and the move.”

Sprenger began her journey to what she calls her “Dream Job” wrestling with the New Ulm Rolling Thunder and then with New Ulm High School. Continue reading at →

2-time U.S. Olympian Ali (Bernard) Sprenger named new Augsburg women’s wrestling head coach

MINNEAPOLIS — Ali (Bernard) Sprenger, a two-time Olympian and five-time collegiate national champion in her women’s wrestling career, has been named as the new head coach for the Augsburg University women’s wrestling team, it was announced on Tuesday.

Sprenger replaces Jake Short, who resigned to pursue other interests after spending two seasons as the program’s head coach. Short coached the Auggies to finishes of sixth place and fifth place in the National Collegiate Women’s Wrestling Championships, with three national champions, nine All-Americans and a 14-4 dual-meet record in his two seasons.

“I am incredibly grateful and excited to start this new chapter in my career as head coach of the women’s wrestling program,” Sprenger said. “The wrestling program here at Augsburg has a rich history, and I am honored to be a part of it.”

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