September 5, 2013, Saskatoon – Huskie Athletics is pleased to announce five-time Canada West champion Daniel Olver as the interim University of Saskatchewan wrestling coach.
Olver will become the seventh head coach in the program’s history since 1980, replacing Todd Hinds who will be on a medical leave for the 2013-14 season. Hinds had been at the helm for the last 16 seasons.
“I am excited to take on the role as head coach,” said Olver. “A lot of the athletes in the room know me and respect my wrestling ability as an athlete, but not as a coach. I have to work hard every day this year and challenge myself to earn that respect as well as trust.”
Olver spent five seasons in a Huskies uniform from 2006 to 2011. His career was named a Top 10 Moment in Huskie Athletics history after winning five straight Canada West championships in either the 76- or 82-kg weight class and adding five CIS medals – one bronze, two silver and two gold. As captain, a CIS Academic All-Canadian and Huskie Athletics Council representative, he was a role model for not only the wrestling team but all student-athletes.
His resume also comprises of four Canada West major awards including Most Outstanding Wrestler and three Huskie Athletics major awards winning the prestigious Rusty McDonald Cup in 2011.
“Daniel’s experience as an athlete in the CIS will help ensure a seamless transition for the wrestling program,” said athletic director Basil Hughton. “Daniel is a known face in the wrestling community. He was an outstanding student-athlete at the UofS, who represented us on the international stage. His understanding of the challenges and expectations of a student-athlete will guide him through this season. Daniel is an exceptional person with tremendous character and drive.”
Since finishing his CIS career, Olver, who worked for the Coaches Association of Saskatchewan as Aboriginal Sport Coordinator, has continued to compete qualifying for the University World Championship in Finland in 2012. He also placed second at the Canada Cup in 2012.
Olver begins the interim position immediately.