Vote, who will begin his new role yet this month, has served as an assistant coach for the last four seasons under Cole, following a one-year stint as a student assistant. He's helped coach six national qualifiers, three All-Americans, as well as four Academic All-Americans during his tenure.
"It truly has been special to have had my first coaching opportunity be at my alma mater," says Vote. "Having the opportunity to coach under someone like Sevond has been a tremendous opportunity. He's been a real leader, and he and I have built a strong friendship over these last few years."
Prior to getting into the coaching ranks, Vote was a two-time letterwinner for the Beavers, while wrestling both 149 and 157 from 2005-07. He began his collegiate career at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, where he was a national qualifier.
"I'm very excited to go out and make my mark in the wrestling world," he adds. "It's always tough to leave a place behind that you've been a part of for so long, but I'm ready for the new challenges that lie ahead."
"Dana has been a great asset for the BVU wrestling program these past four seasons," said Cole. "His knowledge of the sport and his excitement for BVU wrestling will be missed. He has worked closely with our athletes to not only make them better wrestlers but to make them better students as well. Even though I'm saddened that Dana will be leaving our program, I'm excited for him and his family and their new beginning."
Vote takes over a Bulldogs program that was ranked 17th in the final NAIA Coaches Poll this past season and had three individuals place in the top-eight at the NAIA national tournament.