Nothern, a three-time All-American and 2009 NCAA Division III finalist for the Rams, was hired on July 31, 2014, as the lead assistant on Mike Duroe’s wrestling staff.
Nothern, a Salina, Kan., native and 2010 Cornell graduate, served as assistant director of admission at Cornell during the 2013-14 academic year.
“I really wanted to get back into coaching and this is a great opportunity for me,” said Nothern, who stands sixth on the program’s modern-day list with 118 wins. “Coach Duroe and I have been in very close contact since I graduated. He’s been a mentor for me this whole time I’ve been away. I look forward to continue to learn from him.
“Wrestling is my passion. I feel lucky to be able to coach here at Cornell. This is exactly what I’ve been looking for.”
Nothern is one of seven wrestlers in Cornell’s storied history to earn all-America honors three times in a career. He was an NCAA runner-up at 133 pounds as a junior. Nothern placed sixth at nationals in 2008, and fifth in 2010.
Nothern fashioned a 33-4 record during his senior season. He was Iowa Conference runner-up in 2008 and 2010. Nothern helped guide the Rams to top-10 NCAA team finishes in 2008 (seventh) and 2009 (eighth).
“Nick is an amazing competitor,” said Duroe, entering his 10th season at the helm. “The two things that stand out are his passion for the sport and his tremendous work ethic. Both qualities will steer him well as a coach.
“Nick relates well with student-athletes and has a strong ability to recruit. We’re extremely excited for him to continue to develop his skills in our program. He’s a bright young coach.”
Nothern earned a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Cornell, and received his master’s in higher education from Iowa State University in 2012.
Nothern spent the 2012-13 year as admissions representative and volunteer assistant at Bethany (Lindsborg, Kan.) College, where he coached one All-American. He was a graduate assistant at Iowa Lakes Community College (2010-12), landing four All-Americans and one national champion during that span.
Nothern resides in Cedar Rapids with his wife Beth, a 2010 Cornell graduate.
Burkle, a native of Coggon, and a 2007 graduate of Upper Iowa University, is in his ninth season on Cornell's coaching staff.
Burkle was a student assistant coach at Upper Iowa during the 2006-07 season, in which the Peacocks placed eighth at the NCAA Division II National Championships and crowned one individual champion. He was a three-year starter at Upper Iowa, competing at 141 and 149 pounds.
During his sophomore year, Burkle was voted Upper Iowa's Most Valuable Wrestler and led the team in wins and pins. Burkle earned a bachelor's degree in criminology with a minor in psychology.
Burkle compiled a 158-10 career record at North-Linn High School, where he was a four-time state qualifier and three-time state finalist. He captured the Class 1A state title at 130 pounds in 2002. Burkle placed second at state in 2001 (130) and 2003 (135).
Fields, a 2008 All-American heavyweight at the University of Iowa, is in his sixth season as an assistant on Mike Duroe’s coaching staff.
Fields, a native of Lowden, was a three-time Big Ten placewinner for the Hawkeyes and compiled a career record of 95-38. During his senior season, Fields finished 32-8, placed third at the Big Ten Championships and took fifth at the NCAA Championships. He was named the team’s Most Improved Wrestler and also honored with the J. Donald McPike award, presented to the graduating senior with the highest grade point average.
Fields posted a 24-12 collegiate record in both his junior and freshman seasons, while going 15-6 during his sophomore year which was cut short due to an injury. He took fourth at the Big Ten Championships in 2007, and fifth in 2005.
Fields earned a bachelor’s degree from Iowa in health and sports studies.
Fields finished a distinguished prep career at North Cedar 137-11, going undefeated as a junior (44-0) and senior (22-0). He won back-to-back state championships and placed second as a sophomore.