Mizer named as Point Park University's first-ever head men's wrestling coach

PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- On Tuesday, May 28, 2024, Point Park University's Vice President of Athletics Scott Swain announced the hiring of Zach Mizer as the university's first-ever head men's wrestling coach.

"Zach came to the forefront of our deep pool of candidates for this position. His many years of NCAA head coaching experience will greatly help our program both initially and down the road. From spending time with Zach, I know he will fit right into the Pioneer Athletic Family from day one. We are all very excited to have him join us." said Vice President of Athletics Scott Swain.

Zach Mizer will be coming to Point Park from NCAA school Lyon College in Batesville, Arkansas. At Lyon, Mizer served as the head men's wrestling coach since 2022. In his time at Lyon, Mizer coached seven NCWA National Qualifiers, five all-conference members, and three scholar All-Americans.

"I want to thank President Brussalis, Vice President of Athletics Scott Swain, and the entire Point Park community for this opportunity," Mizer said. "I'm excited about the opportunity to build a wrestling program from the ground up, in the hotbed of wrestling that is western Pennsylvania."

Before his time at Lyon College, Mizer served as the head coach of Muskingum University (Ohio) from 2014 to 2021. At Muskingum, Mizer coached the schools' first ever National Qualifier in over a decade as well as coaching four All-Conference members, six All-Region members and three scholar All-Americans through his tenure at the NCAA school.

Mizer also served two years as an assistant wrestling coach at NCAA school Buena Vista University (Iowa). As an assistant coach for the Beavers, he was essential to all aspects as he was involved in recruiting coordination, organizing, and executing practice plans, arranging team travel, assisting in fundraising, and finally reviewing match film with student-athletes. While at Buena Vista, Mizer saw success as he coached a National Qualifier as well as three Academic All-Americans.

Mizer is a 2010 graduate of Heidelberg University where he graduated with a B.S. in History. During his time at Heidelberg, Mizer competed on the wrestling team where he was a four-year letter-winner, and a three-time national qualifier which included being a NCAA National Runner-Up in 2010. At Heidelberg Mizer posted a career record of 112-42 while being second on the school's all-time career list for wins.

Mizer comes to Point Park with his wife Tina as well as their two children Wyatt and Hadley.