RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Just in time for the postseason, No. 9-ranked California Baptist University announced the hiring of Mike Mena as Assistant Wrestling Coach.

“Mike has a wealth of experience both as a DI competitor and coach,” said Coach Lennie Zalesky. “I am confident that Mike will have a big impact on the CBU wrestling team as we transition forward.”

Mena brings nearly a decade worth of Big Ten coaching experience from time spent at Indiana University. He coached 15 NCAA DI All-Americans, three NCAA DI Champions, 14 NWCA Academic All-Americans and five teams received Academic All-American team awards. He graduated in 2011 from the NWCA FCA Coaching Leadership Academy and was inducted into the IWCOA Hall of Fame in 2000.

During his collegiate career at the University of Iowa, Mena was a Big Ten Champion and four-time NCAA All-American. All four years at Iowa, the Hawkeyes won the conference championship and won three NCAA National Championships.

He is also a former three-time U.S. National Senior Men’s Freestyle team member and a two-time US Olympic Team Trials Placewinner. Back in high school, Mena was the first four-time undefeated Illinois high school state wrestling champion in Illinois wrestling history.

“I am honored to serve as assistant wrestling coach at CBU,” said Mena. “I would like to thank President Dr. Ronald L. Ellis, Vice President Mr. Kent Dacus, Athletic Director Dr. Micah Parker, Assistant Athletic Director Joey Logan and Coach Zalesky for this wonderful opportunity. Thank you and Lance up!”

By Ross Bartachek (@rossbchek)

Lead Editor of IA Wrestle