BROOKINGS, S.D. (SDSU Sports Information) – Chris Bono, formerly the head coach at Tennessee-Chattanooga and a longtime assistant coach at Iowa State, has been hired as head wrestling coach at South Dakota State University according to Jackrabbit Director of Athletics Justin Sell. After winning a national title and earning All-Americahonors three times during his collegiate wrestling career at Iowa State, Bono joined the Cyclone coaching staff in 1997 and was promoted to associate head coach in 2002 where he was named the National Wrestling Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year. Bono moved on to Tennessee-Chattanooga in 2005 as the top assistant and was named head coach a year later. The Moccasins won three Southern Conference titles during his tenure and were ranked as high as tenth in the country during the 2008 season. He led Chattanooga to a 39-17 dual record, including a 16-1 mark during the 2006-07 season. In 2009, Bono returned to Iowa State as an assistant coach for one season before stepping down to enter private business. Bono has remained active conducting wrestling camps and serving on the board of USA Wrestling. Bono replace Jason Liles who resigned from the position earlier this year.
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