Coaching Staff

Dave Mitchell

Head Coach

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  • Current President of the NCAA III National Wrestling Coaches Association
  • 19th year as Head Coach
  • Luther's all-time leader for career coaching wins posting a dual-meet record of 229-109-6
  • Named NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year in 2004
  • Luther has placed in the top five in the country six times — finishing 3rd in 2006, 2005 and 2004, 5th in 2003, and 4th in 2001 and in 2007 at the national tournament
  • Has coached 48 All-Americans, 8 national champions, 4 national runner-ups, 39 Scholar All-Americans, 2 NCAA Postgraduate Scholars, 4 CoSIDA Scholar All-Americans and 2 Iowa Conference Male Scholar Athletes of the Year
  • Was an All-American, league MVP, and two-time NCAA Division III Academic All-American wrestler for UW–La Crosse
  • Hometown: Riceville, Iowa

Jeff O'Gara

Assistant Coach/Equipment Room Manager

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  • 19th year as an assistant coach.
  • Three-time All-American while at UW-La Crosse
  • Crowned national champion (34-0) his senior year
  • Posted a career record of 114-12 that included 58 falls
  • Named to Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) all-time wrestling team in 2012
  • Also serves as Luther's equipment room manager
  • Hometown: Elroy, Wis.

Billy Huebner

Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator

  • 1999 graduate of UW-La Crosse
  • 2008 Masters from Winona State University
  • Sixth year as an assistant coach, recruiting coordinator and Luther Wrestling Camp coordinator
  • Prior to joining the Norse he was an assistant at UW-LaCrosse and was a part of eight teams that have placed in the top four at the National Tournament
  • Has coached 64 NCAA III All-Americans as an assistant
  • Has Operated Midwest Extreme Wrestling Camps
  • Has run over 400 wrestling clinics across the country, as far as Arizona, California and Louisiana

Nick Pearch

Assistant Coach

    • 2014 graduate of Luther College
    • First year as an assistant coach
    • Four-year letter winner for the Norse
    • 2013 National Meet qualifier at 285

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