By Cole Kukowski
South Dakota State Sports Information
South Dakota State head wrestling coach Chris Bono announced the hiring of Jon Reader as an assistant coach.
“I am extremely fired up that Jon will be joining our program,” Bono said. “He brings a work ethic and passion for our department that is unmatched. His personality and lifestyle fits perfect with what we are trying to accomplish at SDSU.”
A Davidson, Mich., native, Reader comes to Brookings following a two-year stint as a volunteer coach at his alma mater, Iowa State. In his time on staff, he coached three All-Americans and saw the Cyclones place 11th at the 2013 NCAA Championships.
“Jon’s relationships and ties across the country is exactly what we need to keep Jackrabbit wrestling on the move,” Bono said.
While at ISU, Reader wrestled a pair of seasons with current SDSU head coach Chris Bono on staff. A three-time All-American (2008, 09, 11), he added an NCAA championship in 2011 to his resume, capping off his senior season a perfect 39-0.
During his title campaign, he held the No. 1 ranking in every major poll the entire year. Of his 39 wins, 27 came by bonus points.
Reader compiled a 124-23 career record in a Cyclone singlet. His 124 career wins is tied for eighth all-time at ISU.
“I can relate to the guys achieving their NCAA dreams, as well as those who come up short,” Reader said.
Reader continues to train for international competition, as he is competing for a spot on the 2016 U.S. Olympic team. A two-time World Team member, Reader represented the U.S. at the 2012 University World Championship in Kuortane, Finland.
“I have a passion for the sport and am excited about the opportunity Coach Bono is giving me at South Dakota State,” Reader said. “I am coming to Brookings to help build a program that will compete for All-Americans and national championships. I have been there and know what it takes
Reader will join Bono leading a Jackrabbit roster that went 6-8 last season and qualified three wrestlers for the NCAA Championships, the most in school history.
“You will not find a person more respected in our sport than Jon Reader,” Bono added.
SDSU will open its season by hosting the 22nd Annual Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open on Nov. 2.