Updated on March 1, 2020
Jason Zastrow is completing his third season as the head assistant wrestling coach at Baldwin Wallace University. He is the main assistant coach to BW Head Coach Jamie Gibbs. In three short years, he has made a name for himself both nationally and regionally.
In the past three years, Zastrow has helped Head Coach jamie Gibbs and the Jackets compile a 46-7 dual match record with a .868 winning percentage and a 17-2 Ohio Athletic Conference mark with a .895 winning percentage with two OAC titles. The duo have worked with a very capable staff to qualify 21 individual wrestlers to the NCAA Division III National Tournament, including six who will compete on March 13-14 at the 2020 NCAA Div. III National Tournament at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
This season, Zastrow helped Gibbs and BW to a No.6 ranking in Division III by the NWCA (National Wrestling Coaches Association), compile a 14-3 overall mark, including a 5-1 slate in the rugged OAC, and its second NCAA Division III Central Region title in the last three seasons.
Individually, Zastrow has been honored as the NCAA Division III Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year twice (2018 and 2020) and as the 2018 NCAA Div. III National Assistant Coach of the Year.
"We are extremely blessed to have a gentleman the caliber of a Jason Zastrow as an assistant coach at Baldwin Wallace University," said Gibbs, who is in his ninth season at BW. "Jason is a second head coach. He has great knowledge of the sport, is an extremely strong mnotivator and recruiter, and even better person."
The Zastrow Success Story at BW
In his first season in 2017-2018, Zastrow was named the NCAA Division III Central Region Assistant Wrestling Coach of the Year and helped the Yellow Jackets compile a 19-2 regular season dual match record, a No.6 ranking by the NWCA (National Wrestling Coaches Association), a 6-0 dual match mark in the Ohio Athletic Conference as BW won its third straight OAC title and the school's first-ever NCAA Regional title on February 23.
A year ago, Zastrow helped tutor the Jackets to a 14-2 overall record, a 5-1 OAC slate and a second straight conference crown, a second place showing at the Central Region tourney and a 14th place finish at the national championships.
Zastrow's Route to Baldwin Wallace
Zastrow brought nine years of coaching experience, including two years as a head coach, and spent a total of six years coaching at two different schools in the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, which is statistically the best wrestling conference in the country.
The two years Zastrow spent as a head coach were at the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas, where he started a new Division III wrestling program from the ground up. By the end of his time at the Ozarks, he had bolstered the roster to 30 wrestlers.
Before beginning the wrestling program at the Ozarks, Zastrow spent three years as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, where he helped to guide the program to three IIAC titles, National Dual titles and National Team titles. At Wartburg, he was responsible for coaching the upper weight classes and helped to produce 22 All-American wrestlers and seven individual champions.
His first collegiate coaching job came at Central College in August of 2007 where he helped to build team numbers from 11 wrestlers when he started to 32 by the time he left in 2010.
Zastrow as a Collegian
As a collegiate wrestler at Wartburg, Zastrow was an NCAA National Qualifier his senior year and helped the Warhawks win four straight IIAC championships and finished as either National Champions or National Runners-Up all four years.
Zastrow comes to BW from fellow Ohio Athletic Conference and crosstown rival John Carroll University where he served as an assistant wrestling coach since June of 2016.
Zastrow graduated from Wartburg in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science degree in history and then went on to obtain a Master of Science in college athletic administration from Coker College in 2015.