Dave Mitchell

Luther Coaching Career


  • 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 61 Academic All-Americans in 24 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 297-149-6
  • 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 and numerous presentations on building resilience through sport. Click here for a video from a Fall 2019 presentation on the topic of building resilience through sport. https://youtu.be/ZDv0V5viwnc

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