Alma, Mich. - Alma College Athletic Director Steven Rackley announced today (Monday, June 20, 2016) that Jeremiah Tobias has been named the head coach of the Scots' wrestling program. Tobias, who has served as the associate head coach since May 2011, replaces Todd Hibbs, who resigned after five years at the helm of the program. Tobias becomes the seventh head coach in the history of the program, which resumed competition in 2011 after being dormant for 27 years.
"Jeremiah has been an important part of the success that the wrestling program has had over the last five seasons and I have full confidence that he will continue to improve upon the foundation that he has helped to build," Rackley said. "With our new training facility and the success we've had the past few seasons, I look forward to supporting him as he continues to build Alma College into a contender for a national title."
Over the last five seasons, Alma College has become a consistent presence among the top-20 teams in NCAA Division III and peaked at sixth place in the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) and d3wrestle.com polls during the 2015-16 season. Tobias also helped mentor three All-American wrestlers last year, marking the first time in the history of the program that the Scots had more than one student-athlete earn All-America status at the NCAA III Championships.
"It is an honor to be the next head wrestling coach for Alma College," Tobias said. "I want to thank Coach Hibbs for preparing me for this position and Steven Rackley for giving me this opportunity. I am excited to work with the wrestlers within the program, those in the community and all future Scots. I look forward to building upon the success of the program both academically and athletically."
As a wrestler, Tobias was a four-time Michigan High School Athletic Association champion, the seventh in state history, and finished his collegiate career at the University of Michigan as the Wolverines' leader in both career and single-season pins.
Tobias is a 2000 graduate of Manchester High School, where he won four state championships and never lost a match after his freshman year. He earned the Dave Schultz Excellence Award for the state of Michigan in 2000, a national award taking into account excellence in wrestling, scholastic achievement, character, citizenship and community service.
Tobias continued his success on the mat at the University of Michigan, where he was a three-year letterwinner and set both the single-season (17) and career (57) pin records. During his time as a Wolverine, he was the champion of various college tournaments, including the Michigan State Open, Eastern Michigan Open and Cleveland State Open.
Following college, Tobias collected experience as a coach in several settings. He served as a NCAA Division I assistant coach at the University of Wyoming and as a a full-time NCAA Division II coach at Belmont Abbey College. He also has extensive experience as a private coach and clinic instructor across the eastern United States, including two years as club coach for the Port City Wrestling Club in Wilmington, N.C.
Tobias holds a bachelor's degree in sports management and his currently pursing his master's degree in coaching and sports administration.
He is married to Katie Tobias and the two of them have a two-year-old son, Jude.