Recent college graduate Derek St. John had a stellar career on the mats in Iowa City. First at West High in Iowa City then a few blocks down the street at the University of Iowa. St. John was introduced as the new assistant coach at North Dakota State University on July 7. St. John will join the a staff led by head coach Roger Kish and head assistant Manny Rivera — both former Minnesota Golden Gophers.
St. John explains his decision to enter coaching, whether or not he’s going to go the freestyle route after getting situated in his new home and a number of other topics, including the ups and downs he dealt with during his career.
Some of the topics Derek St. John discusses in Episode 75 of the Short Time Wrestling Podcast:
- How he got involved with wrestling and what he liked about it.
- What enticed him to head to North Dakota State after spending his entire life in Iowa?
- Career goals when it comes to college coaching.
- How tough it’s going to be to recruit kids away from Iowa when he grew up wrestling in Iowa and wanting to wrestle for Iowa.
- His thoughts on wrestling both Kyle Dake and David Taylor during the course of his career and what made them so tough.
- Dealing with a nearly disastrous injury his sophomore year.
- The pressure of being a returning NCAA champion, especially from the University of Iowa, and how he dealt with that pressure.
- The best and worst things he dealt with while wrestling at Iowa.
- What he’ll take from Tom and Terry Brands into his coaching career.
- What makes Tony Ramos and Brent Metcalf threats to win medals at the upcoming World Championships.
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