A former NCAA Division I wrestler and decorated NAIA performer, Joe Skow is in his third season as an assistant wrestling coach at Simpson in 2016-17. He spent the previous two seasons as a graduate assistant for the Storm.
A native of Jackson, Minn., Skow wrestled collegiately at both NCAA Division I South Dakota State and NAIA Sioux Falls. He spent his freshman and sophomore seasons at Sioux Falls before transferring to SDSU when Sioux Falls dropped its wrestling program.
At Sioux Falls, Skow was a two-time NAIA national qualifier (2010-11) and won the Great Plains Athletic Conference Championship as a heavyweight in 2010. He compiled 45 career wins in two seasons, setting a school-record with 28 in 2010-11. He was a two-time NAIA all-Academic selection and his 17 career pins are the second-most in school history.
Skow went on to be a two-year starter at SDSU, earning Western Wrestling Conference all-Academic First Team honors twice. He graduated with a degree in sociology and a minor in criminal justice in 2013.
As a prep, Skow compiled 88 varsity wins, including 32 as a senior. He qualified for the Minnesota State Tournament as a senior, helping Jackson County Central win the 2008 state title.
Prior to joining Simpson's staff, Skow - a certified Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) and USA Wrestling Coach - spent the last year coaching two South Dakota Youth Wrestling Clubs (Brookings Wrestling Association and Crow Creek Tribal School in Stephan, S.D.). He coached 50 AAU state place-winners and 15 state champions in 2014.
Skow graduated from Simpson with his master's degree in criminal justice in 2016.