Hartupee named new head coach at Norwich University

By Derek Dunning | Sept. 24, 2010, 4:18 p.m. (ET)
Northfield, Vt. - Norwich University and Athletic Director Tony Mariano recently announced the hiring of John Hartupee as the new head wrestling coach for the 2010-2011 season.

Hartupee will take over the reins of the Cadet wrestling program from Rich Hasenfus after spending 13 seasons as the head coach at Division I Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Penn from 1996 to 2010. He compiled a 114-114-4 career record with the Dukes.

"Coming to [Norwich] provided a great opportunity for me" Hartupee said. "This school seems like they really want to make a commitment to wrestling."

Before taking over at Duquense, Hartupee served as an assistant coach at Clemson ('81-'83), University of Michigan ('83-'85), University of Pittsburgh ('85-'88), and three years as an assistant with the Dukes ('93-'96) before his promotion.

Hartupee brings an impressive list of wrestling accomplishments during his career on the mat to NU.

He was a three-time Michigan high school champion, as well as a two-time high school All-American. His competed a the highest caliber to become a Junior Olympics National Champion and a Junior World National Champion.

He went on to attend Central Michigan '81 where he was a two-time Mid-American Conference champion, NCAA runner-up and an All-American in the 118-pound weight class.

His career continued to blossom after college, becoming a Canadian Senior National Champion, a two-time AAU Senior National Champion, and a member of the US National Team, garnering a spot as the first alternate for the 1980 United States Olympic Team. Most recently, amidst his coaching career, Hartupee collected the 1993 Masters World Champion title.

Alex Whitney returns for his third year as the assistant coach of the program. The Cadets finished 4-8 in dual meets last season and placed 14th at the New England Wrestling Association Championship.

"Our goal is to continue to get better each day and improve throughout the season" Hartupee said. "It might take some time to get to where we want to be, but we're going to work hard to get there."