Jason Powell is entering his fifth season as the strength coach for the Huskers.
A native of Midwest City, Okla., Powell was one of the most decorated wrestlers in school history, claiming the 2004 national championship at 125 pounds with a 17-2 technical fall over Kyle Ott of Illinois. The win wrapped up a 26-2 season for Powell, as he helped lead NU to its first top-five finish at the NCAA Championships since 1996. As a junior, Powell finished third at the 2003 national meet following a fifth-place finish in 2002. He ranks 10th on NU’s all-time win chart with 109.
A 2004 graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in sociology, Powell was a three-time All-American and four-year team captain before furthering his career with a fourth-place finish at the U.S. Nationals in the freestyle competition. After graduation, Powell spent time as a volunteer coach for the Huskers and as an assistant coach at Oregon and Maryland.