Mark Perry spent the past eight years trying to replicate the wrestling-crazed environment that captivated him during his college career at Iowa.
He won’t have to emulate any longer.
After assistant coaching stints at Penn State, Cal Poly and Illinois, the two-time NCAA champion is rejoining the Hawkeyes. Calling it a “dream job”, Perry told Trackwrestling in an exclusive interview that he has accepted an opportunity to oversee elite-level athlete development with the Hawkeye Wrestling Club.
“First and foremost, it’s Iowa wrestling,” Perry said when asked what made the opportunity appealing. “The state of Iowa is the mecca of wrestling in the United States, not just in Iowa City but all throughout the state. Wrestling is ingrained in the culture and is loved like no place I’ve ever been, and I’ve been fortunate enough to be around the best of the best environments, both domestically and internationally.
“It’s my alma mater and I believe in the people who are running the program. From the staff to the administration to the army of Iowa wrestling fans who live and breathe wrestling, we’re like-minded and have a vision for where we want to take Iowa wrestling and the sport as a whole. On top of that, coach (Tom) Brands and company are giving me an opportunity to develop their top athletes in an organization that has been considered one of the best in American sports for decades. My passion for wrestling is extreme and this opportunity is a dream job for me."