Press Release


Friday, June 1, 2007
by Rhonda Hufty

Hannibal, MO-Hannibal-LaGrange College's athletic department recently named Ian Northcott as the new head wrestling coach.  Northcott will begin his duties this fall.

Northcott, an HLG alumnus, received his Bachelor of Science in recreation management degree in 2003 and has begun coursework hours toward a Master of Science in Education degree.  Northcott is excited about returning to HLG.  “I am very thrilled to be returning to my alma mater.  I love the time I spent as a student at HLG and know that it will be a blessing to be back,” said Northcott.


The Trojan Athletic Department announced the addition of men's wrestling to its list of NAIA sports in March of this year.  Northcott will be the first head coach of the new program and is anxious to get to work.  “I'm extremely excited and honored to be the first head wrestling coach of HLG,” added Northcott.  “I see this as a great opportunity for Christian wrestlers to use this platform to be a witness and glorify our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

While working on his master’s degree, Northcott served as a graduate assistant for the wrestling program at Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis, MO, where he assisted with pre-season conditioning and technique practices. Northcott also served as an Adventure Recreation Leader at Ridgecrest Conference Center in Ridgecrest, NC, in 2004 and previously assisted the Missouri Baptist Children’s Home as a recreation intern following graduation in 2003.

Dr. Tom Hufty, vice president for collegiate affairs and athletic administrator at HLG believes Northcott is a great fit for the institution.  “I'm thrilled that Ian has joined the coaching staff at HLG.  Ian knows wrestling and he knows HLG, two important criteria for developing a successful program at HLG,” said Hufty.

Northcott is geared up to launch the new program.  “A wrestling program is something I've wanted to see at Hannibal-LaGrange College for a long time,” added Northcott.  “It will be great for HLG as well as the community of Hannibal.”

Contact Information

Carolyn Carpenter
Director of Public Relations