Dave Mitchell

Luther Coaching Career

1996-Present

  • NCAA Division III National ‘Coach of the Year’ as voted by the NCAA Division III Wrestling Coaches Association, 2004
  • NCAA Division III National ‘Coach of the Year’ nominee, 2002
  • Five-Time Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference ‘Coach of the Year’, 2016, 2008, 2004, 2002, 1999
  • Inducted into the NCAA Division III National Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame, 2010
  • Eight Top 6 team finishes at the NCAA Championships: 3rd in 2016, 3rd in 2005, 3rd in 2004, 4th in 2007, 4th in 2006, 4th in 2001, 5th in 2003, 6th in 2008
  • Eight Top 8 team finishes at the NWCA National Duals: 3rd in 2006, 4th in 2005, 5th in 2007, 5th in 2003, 6th in 2008, 7th in 2004, 7th in 2014, 8th in 2002
  • Has coached 9 National Champions, 6 National Runner-ups, 57 All-Americans and 52 Academic All-Americans in 21 years
  • Has coached 3 NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship recipients and 6 CoSIDA Scholar All-Americans
  • Has coached 2 IIAC Male Scholar Athlete of the Year Award Recipients
  • Most Winning Coach in Luther College Wrestling history with career record of 268-128-6
  • Founder and director of successful Luther Wrestling Camps.  Over 1,000 athletes and 150 coaches attended our on-campus wrestling camps last year
  • Rookie ‘Coach of the Year’ nominee by the National Wrestling Coaches Association and Wrestling USA Magazine, 1997
  • Served as President of the NCAA Division III National Wrestling Coaches Association, 2012-2015
  • Mentor for NWCA Coaches Leadership Program, 2016-Present
  • Featured speaker and clinician at numerous events and camps in Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, including presenting at the Iowa Wrestling Coaches Association Convention

Wrestling Career

  • Placed 3rd in the NCAA Division III at 167 pounds earning All-American honors, 1993
  • 2-time NCAA Qualifier, 1992, 1993
  • 2-time Academic All-American, 1992, 1993
  • GTE CoSida Academic All-American, 1993
  • Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference ‘Scholar Athlete of the Year’ in wrestling, 1993
  • Co-captain of team, 1993
  • Wisconsin State University Conference Champion at 167 pounds, 1993
  • Voted Team Outstanding Wrestler, 1993