CLEVELAND, Ohio – Cleveland State University Director of Athletics Mike Thomas announced the resignation of head wrestling coach Ben Stehura on Friday afternoon.
"We want to thank Coach Stehura for his numerous years of service to Cleveland State University and the Viking wrestling program," Thomas said. "We wish him well in his future pursuits."
Over his 10 seasons as head coach at Cleveland State, Stehura has coached Viking student-athletes to five Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) titles and nine NCAA Championships berths.
In each of his final two seasons, Stehura guided a Viking grappler to a noteworthy individual achievement. Evan Cheek won an EWL title this past season by topping an undefeated competitor in the final and subsequently earned Outstanding Wrestler of the Championships honors. In the 2016-17 season, Nick Corba earned an at-large berth to the NCAA Championships and posted a pair of bonus-point wins at the event.
Stehura also guided Riley Shaw to a trio of NCAA Championships appearances and a pair of EWL titles as a Viking while Ben Willeford also competed at NCAA's twice under Stehura.
"I have really appreciated my time at Cleveland State University," Stehura said. "I feel the time is right to move on now that the program is back on solid footing and progressing back toward competitiveness. It's a good time for me to move onto something better for my family and myself."
A national search will begin immediately for the fourth head coach in Cleveland State wrestling history. Assistant coach Josh Moore will lead the day-to-day operations of the program while the search for a new head coach is conducted.