After leading the Bronco wrestling program to one of its best conference finishes in school history by finishing third, Head Coach Mike Schadwinkel has announced his resignation.
"I am very appreciative for the opportunity to meet my professional goals of successfully leading a collegiate wrestling program.," Schadwinkel continued. "I wish nothing but the best for the student-athletes, the new coaches and the program."
For the first time in the schools young history, Schadwinkel had this year's team in position for a possible Great Plains Athletic Conference title before falling to Concordia in the final dual of the season as the Broncos finished 3rd. Coach Schadwinkel also had Jeremiah Gerl set a school record by placing fourth at nationals which is the highest ever finish for a Bronco at nationals.
"On behalf of Hastings College, I want to thank Coach Schadwinkel for his tireless service to Hastings College and to the wrestling program," said Patty Sitorius, Hastings College Athletic Director. "We will certainly miss Mike's commitment and leadership but know that his drive for excellence will help him to succeed in his future endeavors. Coach Schadwinkel has been given a wonderful opportunity outside of athletics and I have no doubt he will be nothing but successful."
A search for a new head wrestling coach will begin immediately.
Founded in 1882, Hastings College is a private, four-year liberal arts institution that focuses on student academic and extracurricular achievement. With 60+ majors in 32 areas of study and 12 pre-professional programs, Hastings College has been named among "America's Best National Liberal Arts Colleges" by U.S. News & World Report, a "Best in the Midwest" by The Princeton Review and a "Best Buy in College Education" by Barron's. Visit Hastings.edu for more.
Note to Media: For more information, contact Adam Maser, Sports Information Director, at [email protected] or 402.984.5371.