ATCHISON – Benedictine College Athletic Director Charlie Gartenmayer has announced the hiring of Marcus Cobbs to become the next head wrestling coach at Benedictine.
"We are excited to have Marcus join the staff at Benedictine," Gartenmayer said. "He has been around NAIA wrestling as both a coach and student-athlete and knows what it takes to excel in the classroom and on the mat. We look forward to where he will take the Raven wrestling program moving forward."
Coach Cobbs comes to Benedictine from Truett McConnell University in Cleveland, Ga., where he served as the head coach from April of 2014. While at Truett McConnel, Coach Cobbs guided the program to 14 All-Academic Conference selections, eight Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete selections and two top five finishes in team GPA on the National Wrestling Coaches Association All-Academic team, which included a top finish at the end of the 2015 season.
"Benedictine College has a strong tradition of not only successful athletics but succesful academics," Coach Cobbs said. "The strong faith base and the opportunity it allows students to grow in their faith and to spread the gospel is an important quality to me."
Prior to Truett McConnell, Coach Cobbs spent time as an assistant coach at Cumberland University while also serving as the interim head coach at Concordia (Neb.) University. In his time at Cumberland and Concordia, he helped coach a combined 21 national qualifiers, a two-time NAIA Champion, and nine NAIA All-Americans while also helping guide the programs to high academic all-conference marks and team GPA recognition by the NWCA.
"We're going to build on the pillars within the mission of the school both athletically and academically," Coach Cobbs said. "I also look forward to building a connection with the campus community and the Atchison community.
"I would to thank Mr. Gartenmayer, President Minnis and the Benedictine community for the opportunity to become the next wrestling coach."
Coach Cobbs has a Bachelor's in Physical Education with an emphasis in Strength & Conditioning from fellow Heart member William Penn University. He received his Master's in Sports Management from Cumberland.
He will begin his duties as head coach immediately.
Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college nestled in the bluffs of the Missouri River in Atchison, Kan., Raven Athletics competes in the NAIA as a member of the Heart of America Athletic Conference.