HEAD COACH - 10TH SEASON
Mitchell has built a dynasty from the ground up. As the Head Wrestling Coach, Nick Mitchell started the first ever wrestling team at Grand View University. The program began in the 2008-2009 season. In just nine short years, the Vikings have become a perennial power. A look at the numbers and facts:
· 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2107 NAIA National Champions
· 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2107 Cliff Keen National Dual Champions
· 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017 NWCA All Academic teams top 15 finish (2nd in 2015)
· 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2016 NWCA National Coach of the Year
· 2012, 2014, 2015 &2016 NAIA National Coach of the Year
· 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2107 Regional Coach of the Year
· Coached 72 All-Americans (school record 12 in 2017)
· 23 NAIA Individual National Champions in Matt Burns (2), Glenn Rhees,
Omi Acosta, Eric Thompson (3), Gustavo Martinez, Chad Lowman (2),
Jimmie Schuessler, Ryak Finch (2), Brandon Wright (2), Jacob Colon (2), Michael Pixley, Dean
Broghammer, Josh Wenger, Grant Henderson, Lawton Benna, & Evan Hansen
· 51 Central Regional Individual Champions
· 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017 Central Regional Team Champions
· 9 top-10 national finishes 8th-2009, 9th in 2010, 5th in 2011, 1st in
2012, 1st in 2013, 1st in 2014, 1st in 2015, 1st in 2016, 1st in 2017
· 42 wrestlers have been honored by the NWCA with All-Academic team honors
· Has an 101-9 record in duals over 9 seasons
· 2017 team broke the National scoring record that was set by the 2016 team by scoring 234.5 points.
(210 was previous record) (3rd time in school history GV broke the scoring record)
· 2017 team broke the national record for greatest margin of victory 160
Although the Vikings have become one of the nation's elite teams by consecutively winning the last six NAIA National Championships, Mitchell's goals have not changed. "We want to continue to strive to be the best in the nation year after year. To do this, it takes a total team effort. Every guy on the team needs to be committed to living a championship lifestyle which means not only trying to be the best on the mat, but the best in all aspects of their lives. If they do that, winning will take care of itself.”
Before coming to Grand View, Mitchell was an assistant coach at Wartburg College for eight years. In that span, he helped 62 athletes achieve All-American status. Additionally, four of those teams won National titles.
Mitchell wrestled his college career at Wartburg where he was a three-time Iowa Conference champion and three-time NCAA Division III All-American. Individually, he finished second at the national championships once and was third twice. Mitchell was also a part of the 1999 national championship team and team captain for the Knights. He was named the team's Outstanding Wrestler twice compiling 114 wins as a Knight. Mitchell is now a member of the Wartburg College Athletic Hall of Fame.
Bachelor of Science in Education from Wartburg 2000, Master of Arts in Education Viterbo 2009.
He resides in Ankeny with his wife, Rachelle and daughters Brynn and Paige.