Luke Lofthouse, a former University of Iowa wrestler and a 2011 All-American, has joined the UI wrestling staff as interim strength and conditioning coach, according to an announcement from head coach Tom Brands.
Lofthouse first joined the UI wrestling program in 2004. He was a letterwinner during the 2004-05 season, and he then took a two-year hiatus from the program to complete a Mormon mission to Africa from 2005-07, according to a release.
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Lofthouse returned to the program and redshirted in 2007-08 before making his way back to the mat in 2008-09, when he was again named the recipient of the coaches’ appreciation award. The following season he posted a 5-3 Big Ten dual record at 197 pounds while competing for the injured Chad Beatty.
In 2011, Lofthouse earned the starting spot at 197 pounds and went on to earn All-America honors by placing fifth at the 2011 NCAA Championships. That year he posted a 25-7 dual record, a runner-up finish at the Big Ten Championships, and was named the team’s most dedicated wrestler.
“This is a great opportunity for me and my family,” said Lofthouse. “I committed to this program a long time ago, and I’m thrilled to be able to continue that commitment in this new role. I want to thank the entire coaching staff for the opportunity. Iowa has a great history of wrestlers and coaches, and to say I’ve been on both sides is pretty exciting.”
A native of Avon, Utah, Lofthouse was a member of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club in 2012. He and his wife, Allison, currently reside in Coralville, Iowa. He is a 2011 graduate of the University of Iowa.