West Point, NY
Army West Point Wrestling's Head Coach Kevin Ward has announced the addition of Taylor Venz to his staff for the upcoming season.
Venz, who is coming off an extremely successful career with Big Ten powerhouse Nebraska, will serve as the Black Knights' volunteer assistant coach.
"Taylor Venz is an incredible addition to our staff and will make an immediate impact on our upper-weight wrestlers through his ability to train alongside them and will influence the entire team in a positive way though his passion for excellence, humble-warrior type attitude, and desire to help others reach their potential," Ward said. "As an elite wrestler and NCAA All-American who trained at one of the nation's best programs in Nebraska, he was able to learn from some of the top coaches and athletes in the country. We can't wait for him to bring his experiences to West Point to help grow America's Team."
Venz was a highly-decorated Husker as a five-time NCAA qualifier (2018-22) and an NCAA All-American (2018). The Farmington, Minn. native's accolades also include an NWCA First Team All-American selection (2020) and a pair of NWCA Scholar All-American nods (2020-21).
The 2018 Most Valuable Wrestler for Nebraska, Venz finished fourth at that season's NCAA Championship as a redshirt freshman, going 6-2 in the tournament. He finished his career with a 14-8 mark at the event to go along with an overall career record of 41-18 in dual action. Nebraska's Lifter of the Year in 2018 turned in 28 career pins, 16 technical falls and 16 major decisions for a total of 60 bonus point victories. In total, he was 101-40 while suiting up for the Huskers and placed within the top-five at the Big Ten Championship in five different campaigns.
"I'm thrilled to be joining the wrestling program at West Point," Venz said. "It is an honor to be able to work with an exceptional group of individuals, and I can't wait to help these men achieve their goals on the mat."
Venz will also serve as a WPWC coach and compete for the Regional Training Center.