The School City of Mishawaka was rather eager to officially approve the hiring of its new wrestling coach Tuesday night.
Who can blame them after a sexual assault scandal that resulted in charges against six wrestlers and the resignation of head coach Darrick Snyder.
The meeting began with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by approval of the agenda and approval of the minutes from the previous minutes.
Board member Larry Stillson then jumped it and wanted to move the approval of the new coach forward in the agenda. The rest of the board was already ahead of him---themselves wanting to announce Bryce Hasseman as its new head coach. Hasseman was officially approved and begins work immediately.
"It's all about the future," Hasseman told NewsCenter 16. "The past means nothing. I start now and I'm ready to start building and building."
Hasseman and his wife are excited to return closer to home. He's a former Indiana State champion himself who brings outstanding credentials. Hasseman has been an assistant coach at Oklahoma State for the last three years and was a national championship qualifier in 2005 at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania.
Now Hasseman is ready to restore pride back into one of the most tradition rich programs in the state that has been plagued by the scandal over the last nine months.
"Obviously I'm looking at state championships and getting kids to the national championships," Hasseman explained. "Just start building champions."
Hasseman says he's looking to build champions off the mat as well.
"That's the biggest goal for me," Hasseman continued. "My philosophy is win and win the right way. No talking back, no throwing fits on the map--just building men, through and through."
Mishawaka Superintendent Terry E. Barker said he extensively looked into Hasseman's background and repeatedly heard nothing but good things. Athletic Director Jim Aldrich agrees and feels Tuesday was a day to move forward.
"I think its going to bring everyone together and bring some closure to this subject," Aldrich explained. "It's a good day for Mishawaka wrestling and Mishawaka athletics."