Mustang Coaching Staff
Head Coach Jake Stevenson
Jake Stevenson, one of the most decorated wrestlers in Morningside history, is in his third season as the Mustangs' head coach. Stevenson, who was named the 2013 and 2014 GPAC Coach of the Year, has guided the Mustangs to a 24-10 record and a pair of GPAC championships in his first two seasons at the helm. He led the Mustangs to a 12-4 dual meet record and a GPAC championship in 2012-13, followed by a 12-6 record and another GPAC crown in 2013-14.
Stevenson was the Mustangs’ assistant coach for three season from 2008-11 and the head coach of the Wayne State College Wrestling Club in Wayne, Neb., for the 2011-12 academic year.
Stevenson was a four-time NAIA All-American and the college’s first NAIA National Champion. He posted a 130-25 record during his career for the most wins in school history. Stevenson captured the 2007 NAIA 184 lb. National Championship when he won a 3-1 decision against No. 1-ranked Joffre Lander of Embry-Riddle University in the title bout to cap a junior season where he had a record of 23-1. Stevenson won his final 11 matches of the season after he returned from a broken jaw he suffered against Austin Hayes of Buena Vista University on Nov. 29, 2006. Stevenson defaulted in that match for his only loss of the season.
He earned All-America honors with fourth place finishes in the 174 lb. division at the NAIA National Championships as both a freshman and sophomore and earned All-America honors for the fourth time with a third place finish at 184 lbs. as a senior. Stevenson had a 45-8 record as a sophomore in 2005-06 to set a Morningside single-season record for victories.
Stevenson was named the Mustangs’ Most Valuable Wrestler after each of his four seasons with the team. He was named to the National Wrestling Coaches Association’s (NWCA) NAIA All-Academic Team three times and was a NAIA “Champions of Character” award recipient.
Stevenson, a native of Albion, Neb., is a 2004 graduate of Boone Central High School, where he posted a 96-43 career record and was a three-time state tournament qualifier. He had a 32-4 record as a senior en route to a third place finish in the Class B 171 lb. division at the state tournament. Stevenson’s victories that season included two triumphs against Nebraska Class C state champion Caleb Mitchell of Norfolk Catholic and a win against Class D state champion Steven Dent of Mullen. Stevenson had a 31-8 record and placed fourth in the Class B 152 lb. division of the state tourney as a junior.
Stevenson graduated from Morningside in 2008 with a bachelor of science degree in business administration and earned a master’s degree in business administration from Wayne State in 2010.
Assistant Coach John Sievert
John Sievert is in his second season as a Morningside assistant coach following a standout competitive career for the Mustangs.
Sievert, a 2013 Morningside graduate from Westfield, Iowa, became the second NAIA National Champion in school history when he captured the 197 lb. NAIA crown when he won a 3-1 decision against Carl Lawrence of Missouri Valley College in the title match.
Sievert had a 21-2 record with eight pins during the 2012-13 season and was named the GPAC Wrestler of the Year.
He finished his career with an 86-32 record with a school-record 44 falls. Sievert set a Morningside single-season record with 24 falls during the 2011-12 campaign and had the fastest fall in school history when he pinned Eric Johnson of Calumet College in 13 seconds at the 2013 NAIA National Championships.
Sievert graduated from Morningside with a degree in business administration and is a 2008 graduate of Akron-Westfield High School.
Assistant Coach Scott Kruger
Scott Kruger is in his second season as a Mustang assistant coach. He is also the equipment manager for the Mustangs' athletic department.
Kruger was a member of the Mustangs wrestling team during the 2006-07, 2007-08, and 2008-09 seasons.
Kruger graduated from Morningside in 2011 with majors in business administration and history.
He is a 2006 graduate of Sheldon High School, where he had a 118-17 career record and was a two-time Lakes Conference champion. He won 41 consecutive matches during one stretch of his career and was named the Orabs’ Most Valuable Wrestler three times.
Assistant Coach Josh Hardman
Josh Hardman is in his first season as a Mustang assistant coach.
He was previously an assistant coach at South Dakota State University for four years and was a graduate assistant coach for the Jackrabbits from 2002-05. Hardman was also the head coach at GPAC rival Dakota Wesleyan for four seasons and an assistant coach at Manchester University for two seasons.
Hardman is a 2000 graduate of Manchester, where he compiled a career record of 129-38 with 40 falls as a four-year letterwinner. He was a three-time NCAA Division III national qualifier and a two-time NCAA III All-American. Aside from his wrestling exploits, Hardman was also a three-year lettermen for Manchester's football team and a one-year letterwinner in track & field.
Hardmen earned a master's degree in sport pedagogy from South Dakota State in 2004.
Assistant Coach Kory Kistner
Kory Kistner is in his first season as a Mustang assistant coach.
Kistner graduated from Morningside in 2013 with a major in mathematics.
He compiled a 52-38 record with 13 falls as a four-year letterwinner and three-time NAIA national qualifier for the Mustangs. His greatest season came as a junior when he had a 20-8 record and earned NAIA All-America honors as the 125 lb. national runner-up. Kistner finished an injury plagued senior season ranked fourth in the nation.
Kistner earned first-team All-GPAC honors as a junior and honorable mention All-GPAC recognition as a senior.