UMARY Wrestling Camps
Associated with successful college and high school wrestling programs as a coach and a competitor, Adam Aho was named the University of Mary head wresting coach in June 2013.
In his first season at U-Mary, the Marauders finished 2-10 overall and 1-7 in the Northern Sun. One Marauders grappler earned NSIC All-Academic honors. Two wrestlers, including All-American Trevor Johnson, advanced to the second day of the NCAA regionals.
Aho joined the U-Mary staff after serving two seasons at Minnesota State University. While at Minnesota State Aho worked with hall of fame coaches Jim Makovsky (head coach) and Mike Niemczyk (assistant). During his tenure at MSU, Aho coached four All-Americans and six all-conference wrestlers. The Mavericks finished eigth at the NCAA Division II national championships in 2012-13 after placing 23rd in 2011-12.
As a student-athlete Aho was a four-year starter at North Dakota State University. Graduating in 2009, Aho served as a team captain his senior season. During his prep career at Frazee High School, Aho won a state championship in 2004 and placed a total of three times at the Minnesota Class A State Tournament.
Aho and his wife LaBreena have a son named Brayden.
All-American wrestler, Matthew Lewellen, who finished with a 55-29 record in two years at the NCAA Division II level has been named the graduate assistant for University of Mary wrestling coaching staff.
"I am excited to have Matthew join our coaching staff. He is very passionate about coaching and with his willingness to learn second to none," UMary head wrestling coach Adam Aho said. "He will be able to wrestle with our upper weights and will be able to pick up right where last year's graduate assistant left off."
Lewellen spent two years at Palomar Community College in San Marcos, Calif., and was named a junior college All-American. In 2010 he took sixth place in the Community College State Championships and earned a third place finish a season later.
After that he continued his career at Minnesota State University Moorhead wrestling for former North Dakota State national champion and three-time All-American Kris Nelson.
During the 2012-2013 season Lewellen had an impressive five-match winning streak while wrestling up a class at the 197-pound mark. He finished with a 17-15 record that season.
Once his wrestling career as a student-athlete was finished he decided to take up coaching. Lewellen spent the 2014-2015 season serving as an assistant coach for the Dragons, and then last fall he took an assistant coaching job at West Faro High School in Fargo, N.D.
"I'm very excited to become apart of the University of Mary family and the Bismarck community," Lewellen stated. "I have a lot to look forward to including a new community, and the chance to learn from head coach Adam Aho and continue my education."
A native of Poway, Calif., Lewellen is the son of Mark Lewellen and Lisa Stinis. He graduated from MSUM with a Bachelors of Science Degree with an emphasis on Exercise Science.
Carson Henry, honored for his work on the mat and in the classroom in college and already owning collegiate coaching experience, has joined the University of Mary wrestling staff as a graduate assistant coach for the 2017-18 season.
“I am excited to have Carson Henry join our coaching staff,” said Marauders head coach Adam Aho. “He has a great personality and adds a great balance to our staff because he will be working with our lightweight wrestlers. Carson is extremely motivated and passionate about wrestling and aspires to be a head coach someday, which will drive his desire to learn. He will be a huge asset to this program.”
A native of St. Charles, MN, where he compiled 75 wins, 69 pins and qualified for the state tournament, Henry two-time all-conference wrestler at Rochester (MN) Community and Technical College in 2013 and 2015. He also earned NJCAA Academic All-American honors, was a national qualifier and a non-scholarship national finalist. In 2015 he earned NCWA All-American honors. Henry completed his career at RCTC with 35 wins and 30 pins.
Following his Yellowjackets career, Henry transferred to Northern (SD) State University and picked up 12 wins and ten pins in 2015-16.
He served as a student coach for the Wolves in 2016-17 and was a counselor / clinician at the 2016 J Robinson Intensive Wrestling Camp.
Henry earned a degree in Allied Health, Wellness, Humanities and Social Sciences from Northern State in 2017.
"I'd like to thank Coach Aho and the University of Mary for extending this coaching and educational opportunity to me,” said Henry. “I'm excited for this opportunity to join the UMary coaching staff alongside Coach Aho and Graduate Assistant Coach Lewellen and help coach Marauders student-athletes to be the best versions of themselves."
Former wrestler for the Marauders from 2014-2016, Coach Smith stays with the program to coach the upper weight wrestlers. While attending University of Mary Coach Smith Majored in Athletic Training.
Asst. Strength & Conditioning Coach
Nolan LaValley is currently in his second year serving as a Graduate Assistant Coach for the Strength and Conditioning Department at the University of Mary.
Prior to working at the University of Mary, LaValley served as a Strength and Conditioning Intern at Proforce Athletics in Portland, OR, between May and August of 2016.
LaValley is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He is also a level 1 Sports Performance Coach through USA Weightlifting and is level 1 certified in the Functional Movement Screening.
A native of Vancouver, WA, LaValley graduated from the University of Mary in 2016 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science. Currently he is seeking his Master’s Degree in Business Administration and expects to graduate in the spring of 2018.