WORTHINGTON -- Minnesota West head wrestling coach Bryan Cowdin announced his resignation on Wednesday.

Cowdin, a two-time state champion at Worthington High School, wrestled for the Bluejays during the 2001-02 season. He was named the Minnesota College Athletic Conference Outstanding Wrestler of the Year and was a NJCAA All-American while competing for the Jays, then was an All-American for South Dakota State University.

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After leading the Minnesota West program for a second year, Cowdin said he stepped down due, in part, to time demands. He has a full-time job outside of his wrestling responsibilities.

“It was a hard decision,” he said. “The recruiting went well. Hopefully this should not affect any kids (adversely). Hopefully, the next person comes in and keeps it going with the recruiting.”

In the 2017-18 season, Cowdin took over a program that lacked numbers. He immediately went to work adding new wrestlers, and in 2018-19 the Bluejays qualified three of their athletes for the national tournament.

"Bryan has done a great job recruiting for the 2019-2020 wrestling season," Minnesota West Men's Athletic Director Bob Purcell said.  "We appreciate all of his efforts, and wish him the best in his future endeavors."