Ed Banach

Three Time NCAA Wrestling Champion, Servant Leader, Mentor NCAA Division I Athletics Coach, and University Athletics Administrator, Olympic Gold Medalist for Freestyle Wrestling in 1984. 

Ed is a 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist for Freestyle Wrestling and was selected by his peers to be inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame as a Distinguished Member. He wrestled for the University of Iowa from 1980-1983, where he was a four-time NCAA Finalist & All-American, and a three-time NCAA National Champion (1980, 1981, and 1983). He also set the school record for most pins in a career (73) for the University of Iowa Wrestling Program during his exemplary collegiate career. He was named the 1983 Big Ten Athlete of the Year and in 1997 Banach was also inducted into the University of Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame.

Ed helped coach wrestlers at Iowa State University for four years after his outstanding career at the University of Iowa. During his coaching career, he helped team member’s win seven individual national championships and gain All-American status 19 times. In 1987, the Iowa State University wrestling team won the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. Ed was selected by his peers to be the National Assistant Wrestling Coach of the Year after that outstanding campaign.

After his wrestling career ended, Ed reframed the use of his skills and abilities to help student athletes and coaches in other important and impactful ways. He served 16 years as a Student-Athlete Counselor at Iowa State University where he mentored student athletes from 18 to 22 years of age to understand the importance of their academic opportunity while pursuing their athletic goals. His ultimate goal when counseling student athletes was to help them understand that the lessons that they learned and the goals they achieved during their 4 or 5 years at the Iowa State University could be game changing experiences for the rest of their life.

Ed now serves as an Assistant Director of Athletics Compliance and helps coaches and prospective student athletes understand the NCAA, Big 12 Conference and Iowa State University rules that are in play for each student-athlete to be eligible upon enrollment. Ed’s experiences as a former studentathlete and coach give him a unique perspective as he meets with coaches and student athletes and provides the appropriate and timely counsel that is necessary in the evolving collegiate milieu. He also serves on the Character Counts – Pursuing Victory With Honor Supervisory Board that is part of the Character Counts initiative in the State of Iowa. For the past 10 years, he has served as a volunteer at the State of Iowa Character Counts – Pursuing Victory With Honor Summit, an annual event with over 700 high school and middle school students attending.

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