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Charles is new ASU wrestling coach

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Posted: Friday, May 8, 2009 3:00 pm | Updated: 3:08 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Shawn Charles, a four-time All-American and two-time national runner-up at Arizona State, has been hired as the ASU wrestling coach.

Charles, a native of Tucson, is the sixth head coach in the 47-year history of ASU's program.

"I am excited to be back at my alma mater and to be the guy to put it all together and make Arizona State successful once again," Charles said. "One of my goals is to get the community involved with our program. I really believe that wrestling is a viable form of entertainment and I would really like to see the communities around Arizona get involved in supporting this form of entertainment."

Charles was ASU's first four-time All-American, won three Pac-10 Championships at 126 pounds and was a national runner-up as a junior and senior. He was also a three-time state champion at Tucson Santa Rita High School.

He spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach at Missouri. He ha also been a head coach at Fresno State, which disbanded its program, and assistant coaching stints at Iowa State, Oklahoma, Central michigan, Nebraska, Brown and Phoenix College.

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