AMES, Iowa â€“ Iowa State assistant wrestling coach and former two-time NCAA 190-pound champion Eric Voelker is resigning to pursue a call to the ministry. Voelker, a three-time NCAA All-American as a Cyclone from 1987-89, had joined the staff of Iowa State head coach Kevin Jackson last fall. â€œEric has been a valuable asset to our wrestling program,â€ Jackson said. â€œHe is respected by our wrestlers, alumni and prep coaches in Iowa and across the country. He is a great leader, which will serve him well in the ministry.â€ Voelker will be joining the staff of his church, Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines. â€œThis past year has given me cause to refocus,â€ Voelker said. â€œFor many years I have been moving been toward full-time ministry and believe that now is the time to go â€˜all in,â€™ to use our Cyclone language.â€ Voelker had high praise for Jackson. â€œKevin is a great leader and working with him and the Iowa State wrestling program has been a special time in my life,â€ Voelker said. â€œThe Iowa State wrestling program has a top-notch staff, a very supportive athletics department and a committed booster community. I am confident great achievements lie ahead.â€ Jackson knows that Voelker will continue to be a part of the Cyclone wrestling family. â€œMore than anything, Eric made an impact on our wrestlers by example,â€ Jackson said. â€œThey see him as an individual who wouldnâ€™t ask for any effort from another that he would not ask of himself. His place in Iowa State history is assured.â€ Jackson says a search for Voelkerâ€™s replacement is underway.