Evan Forde is in his second season as the head coach for the Minot State University wrestling program. He became the eighth coach in school history and the second since the Beavers reinstated the program and moved from NAIA to NCAA Division II.
In his first season with Minot State, Forde earned four victories including one against in-state rival Mary. He coached Minot-native Marcus Polak in his final season as Polak finished in the top 10 in career victories in school history.
Over the past eight seasons, Forde has been associated with Minnesota State University Moorhead for five of them where he served as the Dragons top assistant coach in 2014-15 and was a standout wrestler for MSUM from 2006-11. He served as the team's captain from 2009-11.
In 2014-15, Forde helped the Dragons to an 8-5 record and a 4-4 mark in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. He was also the Club Sport Director within the Intramural department and an adjunct professor at MSUM.
He spent three seasons with Southwest Minnesota State before returning to his alma mater. At SMSU, he served as the graduate assistant coach from 2011-13 and the school's head assistant coach in 2013-14. The Mustangs were 35-17 in three seasons, finishing third in the NSIC in 2013-14.
Forde, a Fargo, N.D., native, won 63 matches in his career and was a four-time National Collegiate Wrestling Association NCAA Division II All-Academic honoree. He was also named the program's "Hardest Worker," twice.
He earned his bachelor's degree in Exercise Science from MSU Moorhead in 2011 and graduated with a Master of Science in Education: Sport Leadership and Management from Southwest Minnesota State in 2013.