OLIVET, MI.—Steve Laidacker has been named head wrestling coach at Olivet College, according to an announcment by Irv Sigler, director of mens athletics. Laidacker will be responsible for coaching, recruiting and all other aspects of the Olivet College wrestling program. He also serves as an assistant professor of human services at Olivet.
Laidacker brings a wealth of experience to Olivet. He previously served as the head wrestling coach at the University of Scranton (Pa.) the last four years, leading the Royals to a 40-59-1 overall record. Prior to being named head coach, Laidacker was an assistant coach at Scranton for 15 years. Laidacker has also been the head coach for the NCAA Division III International team.
In addition to his coaching experience, Laidacker was a four-year letterman on the wrestling mats at Scranton from 1976-80, compiling a career winning percentage of .625 in five different weight classes.
I am very excited about this opportunity to coach and teach, said Laidacker. This season, We will be working very hard so Olivet can return to Top 25 status. More importantly, I want to continue to lead the program in the positive direction that it has experienced for the last several decades.
Laidacker, a native of Berwick, Penn., earned both his bachelors and masters degrees from Scranton. He also holds his doctoral degree in education from Nova Southeastern University in Florida.