Former Cowboy Letterman Shilo Mathill Joins Wrestling Coaching Staff

Oct. 18, 2001

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

University of Wyoming wrestling headcoach Steven Suder has announced the hiring of Shilo Mathill as anassistant coach with the Cowboy wrestling program. Mathill's hiring issubject to the Board of Trustees approval.

Mathill, 27, wrestled for the Cowboys from 1992 through 1997 and wasone of the most successful Wyoming wrestlers under coach Suder. Mathillwas a three-time Western Athletic Conference Champion at 150 pounds in1994, 95 and 97. He is one of only 14 UW wrestlers all-time to winthree or more conference championships.

In 1995 Mathill was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler at the WACTournament on way to one of his two NCAA Championship appearences. Hissenior season he finished the year with a 25-5 overall record andqualified for the NCAA Championships. In that same year the Cowboysplaced in a tie for 15th at the NCAA Championships, the highest finishfor Wyoming since 1967.

Academically Mathill also excelled at a high level and was named anHonorable Mention Academic All-American in 1994, 95 and 97.

"I'm very excited to come back to Wyoming and coach at the school whereI wrestled collegiately," said Mathill. "I saw this as a greatopportunity to coach at a very high level. Growing up in Wyoming andwrestling here as well makes this extra special for me."

"Shilo is a great addition to our coaching staff and our team," Sudersaid. "It's fun to have a guy with some history in the program comeback and coach with us. He was the epitome of a student-athlete when hewas here and I know he'll make an impact on the team right away."

Mathill, a native of Rawlins, Wyo., graduated from Wyoming in 1997 witha degree in art education. After graduating he was an assistantwrestling coach at Rawlins High School for a year before moving on toLaramie (Wyo.) High School where he had been an assistant coach for thepast three years. Currently Mathill teaches art and photography atLaramie Junior High School.