LINDSBORG — Jacob Marrs, the first Bethany College wrestling coach in the program’s history, has announced his resignation.
Assistant coach Cody Garcia has been named interim head coach.
"Coach Marrs was instrumental in building the wrestling program to its current state," Bethany Dean of Athletics Dane Pavlovich said. "In this time of transition, coach Garcia will give the program a sense of stability and allow for continued recruiting efforts for a successful 2014-2015."
Marrs came to Bethany in 2011 and started the wrestling program for the Swedes. Prior to his time at Bethany, he was at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where he was a head strength coach for baseball and wrestling and assistant strength coach for football. While at UNO, Marrs helped guide UNO's 2010-2011 wrestling team to a NCAA National Championship.
During his college wrestling career, Marrs was a three-time All-American and Academic All-American, placing in the top three every year with one runner-up finish. His overall college record of 160-34 and 51 career falls ranks him fifth in UNO history.
Marrs graduated from UNO with a bachelor's degree in general studies with an emphasis in health and physical education. Prior to his time at UNO, Marrs wrestled at Clay Center High School, where he won the Kansas 4A state championship as a junior.
Garcia came to Bethany from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where he served as assistant wrestling coach. While at UNO, Garcia coached the 2011 squad to a NCAA Division II National Championship.
Prior to coaching, Garcia was a member of the UNO wrestling team, winning national championships in 2006 and 2008, runner-up in 2010, and finishing third in 2009. His team won national championships in 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2010. He was a four-time All-American and Academic All-American, graduating in 2010 with a 147-18 record, the fourth-highest number of all-time career wins at UNO since 1966. His 48 wins as a senior ranked as the second-highest number in school history, and Garcia set new UNO records of 84 career pins and 31 single-season pins.
Garcia was a three-time high school state champion and four-time state place finisher at Hutchinson High School, where he wrestled for his father, Mike.
The process for searching for the next permanent head wrestling coach will begin immediately.