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May 22, 2007

PSU names new Wrestling Coach

PLYMOUTH, N.H.

- Plymouth State University has named a new head wrestling coach to take over for the 2007-08 season.

Tommy Prairie, a former three-time All-America at Williams College, is the new Panther wrestling coach. Prairie takes over from Jason Holder, who departed last month after four years at Plymouth State, two as assistant coach and two as head coach.

A 2005 graduate of Williams, Prairie (right) was the first Eph wrestler to capture three straight New England Championships and earn First Team All-America honors three straight years. The two-year captain finished third, fourth and second at 125 pounds at the NCAA Division III National Championships from 2003-05, finishing his remarkable career with a 106-8 overall record.

Prairie began his coaching career in 2005-06 as a graduate assistant at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tenn., before serving as lightweight wrestling coach last year at his native Delran, N.J., High School. He was also a Prep All-American in 2001 at Blair Academy in Blairstown, N.J.

"We would like to welcome Tommy Prairie as our new wrestling coach," said PSU athletic director John P. Clark. "He obviously has outstanding wrestling credentials, and he was very impressive during the interview process. We think Tommy has a bright coaching future ahead of him, and we're happy to welcome him aboard. We think he'll be an excellent fit with our student-athletes and the Plymouth State community."

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