Bismarck, N.D. — Mary Athletic Director Roger Thomas announced on Thursday the hiring of Adam Aho as head wrestling coach. Aho joins U-Mary after serving as an assistant at Minnesota State-Mankato. The Mavericks finished eighth in 2012-13 at the NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships.

"Adam Aho is an exciting young coach who we believe will build on the recent strides we have taken with our wrestling program. A major part of winning programs while wrestling in high school and college, Adam has spent the past two years coaching at one of the top programs in the nation. We look forward to Adam bringing all of those successes with him as he takes over the Marauders wrestling program,” Thomas said.

Aho is equally excited to have a chance to be a part of U-Mary athletics.

“The sincere hospitality and the commitment to excellence from all of the athletic staff made the decision extremely easy for me to accept the position. I feel that the University of Mary is the perfect fit for me,” Aho said. “Roger Thomas is a great leader and has a clear vision for the future of U-Mary athletics.”

Aho joins the U-Mary staff after serving the past two seasons at MSU-Mankato. While there, Aho worked with hall of fame coaches Jim Makovsky (head coach) and Mike Niemczyk (assistant). During his tenure at MSU, Aho coached four All-Americans and six all-conference wrestlers. The Mavericks were ranked as high as eighth in the country in 2012-13.

As a student-athlete, Aho was a four-year starter at North Dakota State. Graduating in 2009, Aho served as a team captain his senior season. During his prep career at Frazee High School, Aho placed three times at the Minnesota Class A State Tournament including a state championship in 2004.

Aho replaces Ben Berogan, who resigned the Marauders wrestling head coaching position earlier this spring due to career opportunities for his family in another city.

“I believe 100 percent that I can be successful and elevate the wrestling program to become contenders in the Northern Sun and be nationally competitive in the next few years. It has been my lifelong goal and dream to become a head wrestling coach at the college level. I am driven and determined to make the best of this opportunity,” Aho said.

Aho has already assumed full responsibilities of the wrestling program and is in the process of moving to the Bismarck area, where he will live with his wife and 11-month old son.