It would be one thing if Bryce Hasseman’s first high school coaching job came where there was little or no wrestling reputation.
A location where Hasseman could direct his youthful energy toward implementation of a feeder system while steadily building the varsity program in his image: intense, dedicated, successful.
Instead, the Franklin Community High School product finds himself a few miles from the Indiana-Michigan border in charge of a Mishawaka Cavemen program responsible for three team state championships and 13 individual crowns since 1991.
Hired earlier this month to replace Darrick Snyder, Hasseman steps into a position where there are both high expectations and major concerns. Snyder’s resignation in May came after it was discovered that five Mishawaka wrestlers were accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old teammate during the 2009-10 season.