Coaching Staff

Dave Mitchell

Head Coach

Learn more about Coach Mitchell

  • Twitter: @DaveMitchell167
  • The 2019-20 season will be Dave Mitchell's 24th year as Head Coach
  • Luther's all-time leader for career coaching wins posting a dual-meet record of 286-143-6
  • Five times Dave has been named Conference Coach of the Year (1999, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2016)
  • Inducted into the Division III National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Hall of Fame (2010)
  • Named NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year (2004)
  • Luther has placed in the top five in the country seven times — finishing 3rd (2016, 2006, 2005, 2004); 5th (2003); 4th (2001, 2007)
  • Has coached 57 All-Americans, 9 national champions, 6 national runner-ups, 56 Scholar All-Americans, 3 NCAA Postgraduate Scholars, 5 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

Learn more about Coach O'Gara

  • The 2019-20 campaign will be Jeff's 24th 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
  • Inducted into the Division III National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Hall of Fame in 2017
  • Named to Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) all-time wrestling team in 2012
  • Hometown: Elroy, Wis.

Billy Huebner

Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator

  • 1999 graduate of UW-La Crosse
  • 2008 Masters from Winona State University (MN)
  • 2019-20 will be Coach Huebner's 11th year as an assistant coach, recruiting coordinator and Luther Wrestling Camp coordinator
  • Has coached 9 NCAA teams that have placed in the top four at the National Tournament
  • Has coached 73 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
  • Has worked technique for all ages/skill levels all the way to high level wrestlers
  • Integral part in help start the Big Man Camp, Luther College Open, Team Camp Three and the Norskey EL/JR/SR Open

Gilbert Valadez

Assistant Coach

    • 2019 Graduate of Luther College
    • Three-year letter winner for the Norse
    • Named team's Most Improved Wrestler - 2018
    • Hometown: Turlock, California

    Miles Clifton

    Strength Coach

    • Named Assistant Director of Athletic Performance - Director of the Legends Center -  February 6, 2019
    • 2013 graduate of Northwest Missouri State University
    • Joined the Luther Sports Performance coaching staff after serving as a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach at William Jewell College, Liberty, Mo., since August 2017
    • Prior to his time at William Jewell, he served as a strength and conditioning intern at Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., (June 2018-August 2018) and Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, Mo., (May 2017-July 2017)

    Bailey Slater

    Student Coach

      • Senior at Luther College
      • Hometown: Kendall, Wis.

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