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Strobel adds Jon Trenge, Tim Dernlan to Lehigh coaching staff



BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Lehigh head wrestling coach Greg Strobel has announced Timothy Dernlan and Jon Trenge as his program's new assistant coaches for the 2006-07 season. Dernlan and Trenge will become key components in the program as they will look to fill the void left by former coaches and Lehigh grads, Chris Ayres '99 and Jason Kutz '96 who will take on head coaching positions at Princeton University and East Stroudsburg University respectively.

"I'm pleased that our nationwide search netted us two prime candidates," said Strobel, the 2006 EIWA Coach of the Year. "Tim Dernlan has eight years of coaching experience and will fill our need for a lightweight coach, while Jon Trenge continues our tradition of bringing up someone from within and is also going to do a fine job for Lehigh.

Trenge is no stranger to the Lehigh mats; this three-time Mountain Hawk team captain and school career leader in wins returns to Lehigh as a coach after graduating in 2005 with a degree in environmental science.

Trenge, an Academic All-American, as well as a three-time EIWA Champion and All-American has had wrestling experience beyond his incredible Lehigh career. In the 2003-04 season Trenge took an Olympic deferral year in order to train for the United States team where he finished fourth in the 211 lb. weight class at the Olympic trials in Indianapolis, Ind. Trenge's Olympic experience and outstanding Lehigh undergrad career has firmly secured him as one of the great wrestlers to come through the program. Trenge will kick off his collegiate coaching career after acting as assistant coach at Brandywine Heights (Pa.) High School in 2006.

"I'm glad to be able to give back to a program that helped me grow and mature so much as a program during my time there," Trenge said. "I'm excited to be at Lehigh and to see what we can accomplish in the coming years."

Dernlan graduated from Purdue University in 1998 where he was named an All-American and two time Academic All-Big Ten selection. Dernlan's list of accomplishments also includes placing in eight national competitions including the National World Team Trials where he took fourth in 2001 and 2002 and fifth in 1999 and 2003. Some of his most recent victories include a first place finish at the USA Wrestling South Regional Olympic Qualifier in 2000, and the USA Wrestling Rocky Mountain Regional Championship in 2002. Dernlan, a former assistant coach at Purdue University (1998-1999) and Club Coach at Ohio State University (1999-2000), arrives at Lehigh from Penn State University where he acted as an assistant coach for two years prior to being appointed to Director of Operations in 2005. Dernlan received his bachelors in communications from Purdue in 1998 and a degree in secondary education in 1999.

"I'm looking forward to the opportunity to work with the student-athletes here and to join one of the best coaching staffs in the country," Dernlan explained. "It's exciting to be part of one of the most storied wrestling programs in America."

Dernlan will provide an outside perspective and style for the Mountain Hawks while Trenge will fill the "homegrown" role that Coach Strobel feels is important to the success of his program. The team will look to capture another EIWA championship and improve their ninth place national ranking with seven returning NCAA qualifiers as well as with the number one ranked recruiting class in the nation.
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