The most decorated wrestler in South Dakota State University history, Chad Lamer joined the Jackrabbit wrestling coaching staff for the fourth year (non-consecutive) as a volunteer assistant for the 2012-13 season.
A Colton native, Lamer won three consecutive NCAA Division II national titles at two different weight classes during his standout career at SDSU from 1992-96, during which he compiled a 132-30-2 record to finish as the all-time victories leader in school history at that time. As a true freshman, Lamer placed eighth in the 167-pound weight class at the 1992 national meet to earn All-America honors.
After a redshirt season, Lamer went on to win individual national titles at 177 pounds in both 1994 and 1995, then closed out his collegiate career by winning the 190-pound title in 1996. He was named the Outstanding Wrestler of the 1996 NCAA Division II Championships and was also honored as South Dakota Male College Athlete of the Year in 1996.
In addition, Lamer won North Central Conference individual titles in 1995 and 1996.
Lamer stayed on as an assistant coach at SDSU for the 1996-97 season while he completed his degree in landscape design, and helped guide the Jackrabbits to an NCC team title as a member of head coach Jason Liles' staff.
He then moved on to compete on the national and international stage as a member of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club. He earned a University World Freestyle championship in the 97-kilogram weight class in 2000 and also placed third in the U.S. National Freestyle Championships and fourth in the U.S. Olympic Freestyle Trials that same year. In 2001 and 2002, Lamer competed as a member of the United States National Freestyle Team, placing second in both the U.S. National Freestyle Championships and U.S. World Freestyle Trials at 96 kilograms each year. He closed out his competitive career by winning the 96-kilogram title for the Iowa Stockers Real Pro Wrestling team.
While competing for the Hawkeye Wrestling Club, Lamer pursued a Doctor of Chiropractic degree at the Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa.
Most recently, Lamer served as volunteer assistant coach at Oregon State.