Former wrestling coach Todd Hibbs to be inducted into Michigan Chapter of National Wrestling Hall of Fame

Coach Todd Hibbs
Coach Todd Hibbs

Alma, Mich. - Todd Hibbs, former head wrestling coach at Alma College, has been named as one of the Lifetime Service Award winners by the Michigan Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. Hibbs, along with seven other individuals, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame during the chapter's annual banquet at Weber's Inn in Ann Arbor on May 20.

Under Hibbs' guidance, the Scots grew into a consistent top-20 team in NCAA Division III, peaking at sixth in the nation in the National Wrestling Coaches Association and d3wrestle.com polls in 2016. With Hibbs at the helm, the Scots compiled a cumulative record of 51-29 in dual meet competition while also finishing among the top 12 teams in three national events - twice at the NWCA National Duals and at the 2016 NCAA Division III Championships in March. At the 2016 NCAA meet, Alma had three All-Americans, marking the first time in the history of the program the Scots had more than one at the national championships.

In addition to the success on the mat, Alma became one of the elite programs academically, as the Scots were recognized three times by the NWCA with a team grade-point average of 3.5 or higher. Over the past five seasons, 21 Scots have been named Scholar All-Americans by the NWCA, including eight in the 2014-15 season, the most across all NCAA divisions.

Hibbs also worked with the Alma College Advancement Office to raise nearly $4 million for a new addition to the Hogan Center, which opened in 2016. The project included the Hatcher Wrestling Room, the Sherman Strength and Conditioning Facility, new coaching offices, a coaching locker room, a team locker room, and a new studio for the Scots' cheerleading and STUNT team. 

Hibbs was head coach at Olivet College from 2004-08, rebuilding an eliminated program to a top-10 team nationally. His team also ranked second academically in NCAA Division III, and his fund-raising efforts assisted in moving the program into new on-campus facilities. He was named a finalist for NCAA Coach of the Year in 2006 when his team finished 16-1-1 and undefeated in NCAA Division III competition. After five years as the Comets' head wrestling coach, Hibbs was promoted as the school's director, and ultimately vice president for institutional advancement, from 2009-2011. 

Across his coaching career, Hibbs compiled a dual-meet record of 106-53-2, with his only losing season being the inaugural season of the Alma College program.

Hibbs also made an impact in wrestling in a variety of other ways over a 30-year span. After a career at Mount Union College that included a pair of NCAA Division III All-America finishes, three individual Ohio Athletic Conference Championships and Scholar All-American honors, Hibbs was inducted to the school's Hall of Fame and migrated to several different positions of national leadership in the sport.

He announced more than 30 NCAA Championships on the microphone, and served as a coaching mentor in the National Wrestling Coaches Association's Leadership Academy. Additionally, he is the author of "Wrestling with Ethics", an extensive research project with the NWCA into ethical questions surrounding coaching in the sport. Hibbs also served as one of two NCAA Division III coaches on the All-Divisions Rules Committee.

Hibbs is currently finishing his Ph.D. for Higher Education Leadership at Central Michigan University with a research focus on first-generation college students. 

Fans interested in attending the banquet can contact Mike DeGain of the Michigan Chapter NWHOF at Ggrappler@aol.com, or click here for registration form.

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