Clarksville, Ark.-Jason Schweer is returning to University of the Ozarks as the Associate Head Men's Wrestling Coach, it was announced by Athletic Director Jimmy Clark Monday.
Schweer served as an assistant coach at Ozarks from 2015-2018 and then landed the head coaching job at Kansas Wesleyan University. Kansas Wesleyan would later discontinue its wrestling program after just four years of competition, allowing Schweer to return back to Ozarks. Schweer was part of a strong Ozarks' recruiting class that saw the program qualify one wrestler to Nationals.
"I'm really excited about having his experience and his familiarity with the program," said head coach LeRoy Gardner. "He already has relationships with this team and has been a big part of our success. Most of our seniors were part of our first recruiting class together so it is definitely special to have him back. There are many aspects to a program that are difficult to understand until you've experienced it as a head coach, so it is priceless that he's sat in the chair. We're excited and looking forward to working together in what is a pivotal year for our wrestling program."
A native of Waverly, Iowa, Schweer guided one wrestler to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Nationals last season at Kansas Wesleyan. At Ozarks, he was part of the staff that posted the program's first winning record. Prior to Ozarks, Schweer served as a volunteer assistant coach for two seasons at Grand View University, helping the program to a pair of national championships. In his time there, the program produced 24 national qualifiers, 20 All-Americans and six individual national champions.
Schweer wrestled at North Iowa Area Community College for two seasons and then at Grand View, helping the program to the 2012 NAIA national title. As a collegiate student-athlete, he was a two-time NJCAA Academic All-American and a NAIA Daktronics Scholar Athlete.
Schweer received his bachelor's degree in sports management from Grand View in 2012. He attended the National Wrestling Coaches Association Leadership Academy in 2019.