Nate Yetzer is in his sixth year with the Hokies’ wrestling program and his fourth as a full-time assistant coach. Yetzer followed Tech associate head coach Tony Robie to Blacksburg from New York, where he was an assistant coach at Binghamton. He served as the Hokies’ volunteer assistant coach in his first two two seasons. Yetzer works with the lower and middle weights while also handling a lot of on-mat training.
Yetzer is a 2005 graduate of Edinboro University, where he served as captain for the nationally ranked Fighting Scots. A three-time NCAA qualifier and two-time team MVP, Yetzer was an All-American as a junior, placing eighth at 174 pounds after winning three matches at the national championship.
As a senior, he went 36-7 at 165 pounds, including a 14-1 dual match record. Yetzer also successfully defended his titles at the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) and Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) championships. That year, he was named the PSAC Outstanding Wrestler.
Yetzer was honored with the program’s 4-D Award (Dedication, Desire, Determination, Discipline) and also was a recipient of an athletic and memorial scholarship at Edinboro. For his collegiate career, Yetzer was 103-33 overall.
In high school, Yetzer was an Ohio state champion and senior national runner-up for Madison High. He holds school records for career wins, takedowns, technical falls and wins in a season.
Yetzer received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Edinboro in May, 2005. He worked four years at the Bruce Baumgartner World-Class Wrestling Camps in Edinboro and has also served as a coach for the Ohio Junior National Team.
Yetzer and his wife, Leah, were married on Aug. 30, 2008, in Blacksburg. The couple has a set of twins boys, Jack and Nick, who were born in 2009.