Mustang Coaching Staff
Head Coach Jake Stevenson
Jake Stevenson, one of the most decorated wrestlers in Morningside history, has guided the Mustangs to a 49-27 dual record for a .645 winning percentage in his six seasons as the Mustangs' head coach.
He has led the Mustangs to two GPAC championships and four runner-up finishes in the GPAC standings during his coaching tenure. Stevenson was named the Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Wrestling Coach of the Year in 2012-13 and 2013-14 after he led Morningside to conference titles in both seasons. 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 Rulin Pederson
Rulin Pederson joined the Mustangs' coaching staff in advance of the 2017-18 season.
Assistant Coach Tyler Kacmarynski
Tyler Kacmarynski joined the Mustangs’ coaching staff for the 2016-17 season.
Kacmarynski, a 2014 Morningside graduate who majored in business administration, enjoyed a standout career at Morningside and graduated in sixth place on the Mustangs’ all-time victory list with a career record of 98-46 with 23 falls.
He earned first-team All-GPAC honors in the heavyweight division as a junior and senior and was a second-team All-GPAC performer at 197 lbs. as a sophomore. Kacmarynski received the GPAC Wrestler of the Week award two times during his career and was the NAIA National Wrestler of the Week after he had a 9-3 upset victory against reigning NAIA National Champion Eric Thompson of Grand View.
Kacmarynski came to Morningside following a standout prep career at Spencer High School in Iowa, where he posted a 121-23 career record. He was a two-time state tournament place winner and a two-time Lakes Conference champion. Kacmarynski had a 46-3 record with 28 falls as a senior.