Jared Frayer, the Iowa wrestling team’s strength and conditioning coach, has accepted a position as an assistant coach at Wisconsin.
Frayer wrestled at Oklahoma, where he was a two-time all-American and an NCAA runner-up in 2002 at 149 pounds, and also has extensive post-collegiate national wrestling experience. He served as Iowa’s strength and conditioning coach for the 2008-09 season.
Frayer will join former Hawkeye Barry Davis’s staff at Wisconsin.
First assistant Bart Chelesvig left Davis’s staff in May, and Donnie Pritzlaff was elevated to the associate head coaching position. Frayer will take over Pritzlaff’s position.
“They had offered me the volunteer position about two weeks ago,” Frayer said. “It just wasn’t right. It was more of a lateral move for me. I enjoyed where I was at at Iowa. But I guess they kind of knew what they wanted and they (made the offer).
“It’s a better position. This is what I want to do as a career. It’s a position where I can recruit. I’m directly involved with the university. I respect the guys that are there. There are not too many places that I would have gone other than that.”
Frayer said that rather than take the volunteer position, which is a paying position but is limited in other respects, he would have stayed at Iowa.
“I wanted to be loyal to the program and there was something I really wanted to do,” he said. “I wanted to finish what I started. I didn’t feel like we accomplished what we wanted to this year. It’s a little selfish but there’s a lot of things we left on the table that I think the Hawkeyes are going to accomplish next year that will be pretty special.”
Frayer said that being around a program like Iowa’s will help him in the future.
“Their expectations are nothing less than the best,” he said. “They don’t strive to be all-Americans. They strive to be national champions, world champions, Olympic champions. Also the fact that preparation kind of changes your expectations. The way the Iowa program works, preparation is second to none, so you expect second to none.
“It’s a place that is unlike any other. It’s just been a great opportunity for me to work for Terry and Tom Brands.”