Lynx Wrestling

Coaching Staff

Head Coach: Dave Klemm

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Coach Dave Klemm

A graduate of Lincoln High School, Dave was a two time state qualifier for Hall of Fame Coach Floyd Bee placing 3rd as a senior. During his senior summer he won the AAU Jr. Nationals and the USA Jr. Nationals. Dave’s collegiate career took place at Eastern Illinois University. While at Eastern he was a four time NCAA All-American placing 3rd, 2nd, and 1st in NCAA Division II and 2nd in NCAA Division I. In 1979 Dave was a member of the USA World Team and competed in the World Championships. Due to the 1980 boycott Dave turned to coaching.

Dave’s coaching career started in 1980 as an assistant at Eastern for two years. He was an assistant at the University of Oklahoma from 1982-84, an assistant at the University of Illinois from 1984-87, and back to Eastern Illinois as an assistant from 1987-89 where he earned his Masters Degree in Sports Administration.

Dave’s head coaching career started at MacMurray College from 1989-91. In 1991 Dave became the head coach at Lincoln College. Since coming to Lincoln he has produced 169 national qualifiers, 57 All-Americans, and 9 National Champions. His teams have finished in the top six 8 times.

Dave was voted National Junior College Athletic Association Regional Coach of the Year three times, National Coach of the Year in 1997, and Man of the Year in 1999. Dave was inducted into the Eastern Illinois University Hall of Fame in 1989, The Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association Hall of Fame in 1996, The National Junior College Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 2003, The National Wrestling Hall of Fame, Illinois Chapter in 2013, and the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015.

From 1991 to 2008 Dave was a faculty member at Lincoln College in the Physical Education Department. In addition to his teaching duties Dave was named the Physical Education Division Chair in 1999. In 2008 Dave left the classroom for an administrative position being named Athletic Director in addition to coaching wrestling. In 2011 Dave stepped down as head wrestling coach allowing him to have more time with his family. Under his direction as Athletic Director, the Lincoln College Athletic Department has produced 14 individual National Champions and 17 national placing teams. In 2014, after the departure of the wrestling coach, Dave stepped back into the head coaching position.

Dave and his wife Linda live in Warrensburg, IL with their two children, Sara (20) and Evan (15).


Assistant Coach: Bob Turley


A graduate of Lincoln High School, Bob has an A.A. and Bachelor’s degree from Lincoln College where he wrestled for two years qualifying for the NJCAA national tournament. Bob’s duties include assisting in scheduling, budgeting, and other administrative tasks.

In addition to coaching, Bob is the Residence Hall Coordinator and a Math tutor.

Assistant Coach: Jason Hoffman

Coach Jason Hoffman

A native of Fairbury, IL, Jason started his college career at Lincoln College were he was a two year starter. After Lincoln, Jason transferred to Eastern Illinois University. After two years at EIU Jason transferred to Illinois State University were earned his Bachelors Degree in Art. Jason’s duties include recruiting and working with the middle weights.