A 2008 Olympian, former Hawkeye wrestler Doug Schwab served as an assistant coach with the University of Iowa wrestling team for four seasons (2007-10). He also held the position of the team's volunteer assistant coach in 2006-07. Schwab represented the United States at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, wrestling freestyle at 145.5 pounds (66 kg).
In his four seasons on staff, Schwab helped the Hawkeyes to three NCAA and Big Ten team titles. During that time, Iowa has crowned six NCAA champions, six Big Ten champions, 23 all-Americans and 24 academic all-Big Ten honorees. The Hawkeyes have posted an 82-6 dual record - including perfect records the last two seasons (24-0 in 2008-09, 23-0 in 2009-10). Iowa enters the 2010-11 season on a 61-dual match winning streak that dates back to 2007-08. Iowa's 29-3 record in Big Ten duals the last four seasons includes three straight 8-0 campaigns, which led to Big Ten regular season titles.
Iowa made another entry in the record books in 2008-09, setting the national collegiate dual meet attendance record of 15,955 when it hosted Iowa State Dec. 6, 2008, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The previous record of 15,646 was set Feb. 1, 2002, when Minnesota hosted Iowa at the Target Center in Minneapolis.
Several Hawkeye wrestlers earned individual honors during Schwab's tenure. Former Hawkeye Brent Metcalf was awarded the 2008 Dan Hodge Trophy, which is presented annually to the nation's top collegiate wrestler, as well as the 2008 Jesse Owens Big Ten Male Athlete of the Year award. The three-time all-American, two-time NCAA champion and Big Ten champion picked up his second straight Outstanding Wrestler honor at the 2009 Big Ten Championships, becoming only the second wrestler in conference history to earn the honor in consecutive seasons. Metcalf was named 2008 Big Ten Wrestler of the Year, and Outstanding Wrestler of the 2008 NCAA Championships and 2008 Division I NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals. Former Hawkeye Mark Perry won his second consecutive NCAA title in 2008, capturing his fourth all-America honor. He is Iowa's 14th two-time national champion and 17th four-time all-American. Former Hawkeye Jay Borschel won his first Big Ten and NCAA titles last season, becoming the 19th Hawkeye wrestler to post an undefeated season record (37-0). Sophomore Matt McDonough won his first NCAA title in 2010 after earning Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors at the conference meet. He is the fifth Hawkeye, and the first since 2002, to earn the Big Ten honor.
While serving on the Hawkeye staff, Schwab remained active in international competition. He won titles at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials and U.S. Nationals. In 2007 he won the U.S. Senior Freestyle title, earned a bronze medal at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and placed fifth at the 2007 World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan. Schwab's other post-college national wrestling accomplishments include winning the 145.5-pound title at the 2003 Sunkist Kids International Open and earning Outstanding Wrestler honors in the freestyle event. In 2005, Schwab won the 145-pound division of Real Pro Wrestling, earning Outstanding Wrestler honors as part of the champion Iowa Stalkers team.
Prior to joining the Iowa staff, Schwab served two seasons (2005-06) as an assistant coach at Virginia Tech University under Tom Brands. During his tenure with the Hokies, the team won the 2005 regular season Atlantic Coast Conference title, set a school record for dual meet wins (16) and had a school-record five wrestlers qualify for the NCAA Championships. Virginia Tech also crowned five conference champions and two all-Americans, and senior heavyweight Mike Faust was named 2006 ACC Wrestler of the Year.
Schwab was a three-time all-American and Big Ten champion for the Hawkeyes from 1998-2001. The Osage, IA, native won the 1999 NCAA title at 141 pounds and finished his collegiate career with 130 wins, which ranks 10th-best in school history.
Schwab was born August 3, 1977. He earned a B.S. in communication studies from the University of Iowa in 2001, and is working toward a master's degree in kinesiology/sport management at the University of Minnesota. He and his wife, Allyson, have a two sons, Hayden, and Hendrix.