ST. CHARLES – Building a wrestling program is made easier when the coach is in the building on a daily basis.
At long last, St. Charles North fits the bill.
On Wednesday, North announced Ben Hummel as its new wrestling coach, pending school board approval. Hummel, 31, will serve as the school's dean of students by day, providing for regular contact with athletes, a luxury not enjoyed by predecessors.
"That's just a big part of being part of the culture and recruiting kids and just building a solid foundation," Hummel said. "I think that's a real key just from the get-go."
Hummel spent the past seven years as a social studies teacher and assistant coach at Neuqua Valley. He wrestled in the middle of the lineup during his prep career at Castro Valley (Calif.) High and at Northwestern College, an NAIA school in Orange City, Iowa.
"I'm a big fan of just aggressive, offensive wrestling and try to teach the kids to score from every position and keep going to the very end," Hummel said.