USA Wrestling NMU alumnus Andy Bis...

NMU alumnus Andy Bisek named to USOTS-NMU Greco-Roman coaching staff

By U.S. Olympic Training Site - Northern Michigan University/USA Wrestling | Nov. 21, 2016, 9:53 a.m. (ET)

Andy Bisek waves the American flag after winning a gold medal at the 2015 Pan American Games in Canada. Photo by Tony Rotundo, Wrestlers Are Warriors.

MARQUETTE, Mich. — Andy Bisek is the new assistant coach for USA Wrestling’s Greco-Roman program at the U.S. Olympic Training Site at Northern Michigan University. Bisek has been an internationally ranked Greco-Roman wrestler for many years and most recently competed at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The new appointment marks Bisek’s return to NMU, where he previously trained en route to earning a bachelor’s degree in Physical Geography in 2010. He later moved on to the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. after graduation.

“I would like to share what I have learned about the sport and who I am as a competitor with the next generation. Handing over my knowledge will be very fulfilling to me, and knowing the level of Greco-Roman wrestling in the USA will be raised because of my efforts,” said Bisek.

“Although USA Wrestling will miss Andy as a competitor, we are unbelievably excited that he will be coaching the next generation of Greco-Roman wrestlers in the United States. Andy is a product of the Northern Michigan program and he knows what takes to compete at a very high level. As a competitor Andy showed strong character, both on the wrestling mat and out in the community. He is perfect fit for the program and a great complement to Rob Hermann and our support staff at Northern Michigan University,” said Les Gutches, USA Wrestling Associate Executive Director for Programs and Strategy.

Bisek’s success on the mat includes earning bronze medals at the 2014 and 2015 World Championships. He also won gold at the 2015 Pan American Games and the 2012 and 2014 Pan American Championships. Other career highlights include being a four-time World Team member and two-time U.S. Open champion.

Bisek won gold medals at international competitions in Cuba, Sweden, Finland and the United States. He also won international medals in competitions held in Russia, Hungary and Romania. Bisek was named USA Wrestling Greco-Roman Wrestler of the Year in 2014 and 2015.

A native of Chaska, Minn., he was third in the Minnesota state championships for Chaska High School. While attending Northern Michigan, Bisek won Greco-Roman national titles at the UWW Junior level and the University level and also had success at the Senior level.

“Having Andy as our assistant coach is a great asset to all the NMU-OTS wrestlers,” said head coach Rob Hermann. “He brings World medals and lots of experience that will take guys to the next level. I’m looking forward to working with him to get more world medalists out of this room.”

His wife, Ashley, trained with the NMU-OTS weightlifting team. The couple has two children, Jim and Molly, and they currently live in Colorado Springs, Colo.