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After two years coaching and teaching in the USD 273 Beloit district, Nate Naasz will be returning to the place he was before moving back to his hometown of Beloit.  Last week, the Lincoln USD 298 Board of Education approved Naasz as the athletic director, head wrestling coach and a science teacher.

The past two years, Naasz taught business classes at Beloit High School and was an assistant coach with Andy Niemczyk’s wrestling program.  He was also an assistant coach on the Beloit High football team in 2015.

Prior to Beloit, he coached and taught in the Lincoln school district.  Included in that stint were nine years as the head wrestling coach.  Many of the athletes he will coach will be kids that he has already coached in either high school or junior high.

Naasz and his wife Jill still live in Lincoln, and that was one of the big reasons they will both go back to the Lincoln schools as he explains.

With Naasz returning to Lincoln as the head wrestling coach, that means he will replace current coach John Gardner, who spent the last two seasons leading the Leopards.  Gardner was retired, but stepped up to the plate when Lincoln needed a coach on the mats.  Naasz talked about Gardner and how the coaching staff will look next season.

Also, Naasz knows that the athletic director position will bring different challenges as well.

All of Naasz’s new duties at Lincoln will begin with the 2017-18 school year.

For our full interview with Coach Naasz, listen here:

 

 

 

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