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Ethan Kyle completed his fifth year as an assistant coach with the wrestling program at the University of Wyoming in 2013-14.
Kyle coaches the lower and middle weights in UW's program, helping two Pokes to all-conference finishes at the NCAA West Regional this past season. Under Kyle's tutelage, junior Tyler Cox won his first conference crown at 125 pounds, while redshirt freshman Cole Mendenhall was second at 141 pounds. Cox won 29 matches during the year, including a trip to the NCAA Championships, while Mendenhall led all starters with 11 falls.
Kyle had a great season in 2012-13 with the success of Cox, who was an All-America finisher at 125. Kyle was instrumental in his success, helping the wrestler spend much of the season ranked in the top 20 of his weight class and win 35 matches, tied for the best mark on the team. Kyle also coached senior McCade Ford to a Western Wrestling Conference title at 141 pounds, helping UW win its fourth-straight conference title.
During the 2011-12 campaign, Kyle was an huge part of UW's place among the nation's best programs. Wyoming captured a third-straight West Regional team title with four Cowboys standing atop the podium, and continued that success at the NCAA Championships. UW finished 19th overall. He previously served as the head coach for the Cowboy Wrestling Club and as a volunteer assistant coach for UW.
Kyle wrestled collegiately at 133/141 for the Oklahoma State Cowboys from 2003-07 for then-OSU assistant coach and current UW head coach, Mark Branch. He was a member of OSU's four national championship teams from 2003-06 and was a team captain in 2007 as a senior. Kyle took fourth place at the Big XII tournament as a junior and was an Olympic Team training partner in 2004. Excelling in the classroom, he was a four-time member of the Big XII Honor Roll and was the Most Outstanding Wrestling Academics Senior in 2007.
He earned his bachelor's degree in physical education from Oklahoma State in 2007 and is currently taking classes at UW towards a master's degree in kinesiology and health promotion.
Kyle has served as a summer camp clinician at events nationwide and was a Gator Club Freestyle coach from 2008-12.
As a prep student-athlete in St. Charles, Mo., at Francis Howell High School he was a three-time Missouri state champion, a high school All-American (Wrestling USA), a Junior National All-American in Greco and a Cadet National All-American, both freestyle and Greco.
Kyle was born in St. Louis, Mo., to Ed and Tina Kyle. He has two siblings, an older brother Alex and an older sister Amanda.
He married former UW cross country runner Erin Heffron in July 2012.