July 12, 2013
Wendland joined the Spartan program as a volunteer assistant last season.
"Sam has proven himself to be an outstanding coach and I'm very pleased to have him on our staff," said Minkel. "He has excellent technical skills and is an outstanding teacher and mentor."
"I'm really excited to be a full-time member of the Spartan coaching staff," said Wendland. "I learned so much in just one year under Coach Minkel and (associate head coach) Roger (Chandler) and can't wait to keep growing and continue working with them. I'm also excited that it's going to be an easy transition since I was here last year with the program."
Wendland was a four-year letterwinner at Wyoming (2003, '04, `05, `07) and won two West Regional/Western Wrestling Conference titles (184 pounds as a sophomore in 2004; 197 pounds as a senior in 2007). He qualified for the NCAA Championships in 2004 and 2007.
Wendland graduated with a bachelor's of science from Wyoming in 2007 and studied physical education.
Wendland served in various coaching roles following graduation and his collegiate career at Wyoming. From 2007-09, Wendland coached for Western State Colorado University (formerly Western State College of Colorado), coaching several NCAA Division II All-Americans and helping guide the Mountaineers to a NCAA Division II Regional team title in 2009.
In 2009-10, Wendland served as a graduate assistant coach at Tiffin University and helped the Dragons transition into a NCAA Division II program.
Prior to his arrival in East Lansing, Wendland assisted at Bozeman (Mont.) High School for two seasons (2010-11, 2011-12) and helped the Hawks win the state championship in 2011.