May 26, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Dan Hardy (left) defends from a kick by Duane Ledwig (right) during UFC 146 at the MGM Grand Garden event center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Team Alpha Male looking for new Head Coach as Duane Ludwig leaves

As reported by Ariel Helwani on UFC Tonight Wednesday evening, the famed Team Alpha Male camp out of Sacramento, California is set to part ways with their current head coach, Duane “Bang” Ludwig after May 24th. As a result, the camp led by the likes of Urijah Faber, Joseph Benavidez, Chad Mendes, and Danny Castillo, are now looking for a replacement head coach.

Duane Ludwig came on as the head coach of Team Alpha Male in December of 2012. The former professional kickboxer and MMA fighter, quickly helped develop the striking skills of the already top fighters within the camp. Bang’s impact was most evident in the cage when Team Alpha Male fighters performed and showcased their newly improved striking with an increase in knockouts and TKOs. Leading to the team dubbing themselves the ‘Bangzilians’ as a tribute to their coach.  As a result, Duane Ludwig was named the 2013 Fighters’ Only Coach of the Year.

Citing moving back home to Colorado and starting his own gym as the reason for his departure, Duane Ludwig told

Team Alpha Male has already put out a release in search to fill the upcoming void for their head coaching position.

Press Release: Sacramento, CA March 19th
Team Alpha Male, a world renowned Mixed Martial Arts team based out of Sacramento, CA is looking to fill the position of head coach. TAM will be taking applicants from around the world over the next few months and will be looking to fill the position no later than May 24th. The team is comprised of current and former UFC fighters Urijah Faber, Chad Mendes, Joseph Benevidez, Danny Castillo, TJ Dillashaw, Chris Holdsworth, Andre Fili, Paige VanZant, David Mitchell and Justin Buchholz. There is also a promising crop of next generation fighters that are on the cusp of fighting at the highest level. Top Prospects like Lance Palmer, Anthony Avilla, Alex Sandoval, Michael Nakagawa, Derek Burnsed, Veronica Rothlenhausler, Jonathan Svensson, Vince Murdock,  Josh Emmitt, Solomon Alhmandar,  Freddy Aquatana and many more.  In addition we have some of the most accomplished and highly ranked amateurs in the sport in Joseph Morales, Erik Sanchez, Angelo Trevino, and Cynthia Calvillo. The head coaching position would oversee the current TAM coaching staff which includes  Fabio “Pateta” Prado, Dustin Akbari, Lance Palmer, Joe Guevara, Justin Buchholz and Billy Olson. TAM is known for a unique co-op style of learning and mentoring where top professionals work with and add to the overall growth of the team as a whole.
Applicants must be willing to move to Sacramento, CA full time to run the TAM curriculum. They will be expected to help grow the team from the amateur level to our top Pros.
For more information please contact Tommy Schurkamp at [email protected]

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