Assistant Wrestling Coach
Tucker Lane will begin his second season with Northern Colorado Wrestling in 2016-17.
Lane, originally from Nucla, Colorado joins UNC after spending three seasons as the top assistant coach at The Citadel where he worked primarily with the upper weight classes.
"We are very happy to add someone of Tucker's caliber to our coaching staff," Nickerson said. "Being a Coloradan, Tucker is very familiar with the makeup of the state and our program. I have been very impressed with what Tucker has done in his three years, working at The Citadel. He will make a significant impact on our upper weights."
In three seasons, Lane has coached 11 NCAA qualifiers including three All-Americans.
Lane came to The Citadel from the University of Nebraska where he was a four-time NCAA qualifier, collecting eight victories in his four appearances at nationals. After the Cornhuskers made the move to the Big Ten in 2012, Lane nabbed seventh place as a No. 4 seed at his first Big Ten Tournament.
As a Big XII contender from 2008-2010, Lane earned three consecutive third place finishes in the conference tournament, racking up six victories.
Lane also excelled in the classroom at Nebraska, receiving numerous academic accolades including the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. He was a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar in 2012 and a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American, including first team honors his senior year.
Lane was a four-time National Wrestling Coaches Association All-Academic team member, academic All-Big Ten and two-time first team academic All-Big XII and an eight-time member of the Big XII Commissioner's Honor Roll.
Before enrolling at Nebraska, Lane was a three-time state champion at Nucla High School in Colorado under the direction of former professional wrestler, head coach and father Larry Lane.
Assistant Wrestling Coach
Mike Moreno is in his first season as an assistant coach. Moreno comes to Northern Colorado from Iowa State, where he previous served as an interim assistant coach and graduate assistant for the Cyclones.
Head Coach, Troy Nickerson is quite familiar with Moreno as he coached him while on staff at Iowa State from 2012-14.
“We are very excited to add Mike to our coaching staff. When the opportunity came around we had to jump on it,” Nickerson said. “Mike has all of the qualities of being an excellent young coach and I am excited to reunite with him this season. Mike will add a wealth of wrestling knowledge to room and his experiences will help lead our student athletes.”
Moreno compiled a career record of 91-37 while at Iowa State, including a dual mark of 40-19. In 2014, he became the 38th two time All-American in ISU Wrestling history. He was a consistent member of the Academic All-Big 12 first team.
Moreno grabbed All-American honors his sophomore and junior seasons, placing sixth and fifth in the NCAA Tournament at 165 pounds.
He graduated from Iowa State in 2014 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology.