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Six Candidates to Watch for The Citadel’s Head Coaching Vacancy


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On June 15th, The Citadel’s athletic department announced that they would not renew the contract of their head coach Rob Hjerling. After leading the program for 21 years, Hjerling was out and it was a bit late in the game, as these coaching changes go. The athletic department at The Citadel will undergo a coaching search that is expected to conclude in mid-July after the search committee and AD Mike Cappacio decide on a candidate. 

We’ve decided to help out the committee and make a case for six realistic hires for the program. By realistic, we have not named some of the usual suspects that get thrown around whenever a Big Ten or Power Five job opens up. Being a military college, located in a state that is not a traditional power at the high school level and offering a salary that is lower than most would expect, the job may not be ideal for some current head coaches, or first assistant’s from the Big Ten. Even with that being said, there’s plenty to like about the job. The school is located in Charleston, South Carolina, one of the most beautiful areas in the country. It wasn’t that long ago that the school placed two wrestlers on the NCAA podium (2014). They compete in the SoCon, which does provide an opportunity to compete for a conference title relatively soon. There’s also the proximity to Georgia and Florida, two of the best high school states in the South. Finally, wrestling coaches embrace challenges. They view this opportunity as one to create their own program and build it from the ground up. 

After all that, here are six candidates to watch for the head coaching opening at The Citadel. 

Cody Cleveland (The Citadel - Assistant Coach)

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