Grand View Athletics
Kelsey Redmond, Sports Information Director
PASS CHRISTIAN, Miss. – Head men’s wrestling coach, Nick Mitchell, was named Wrestling USA Magazine Coach of the Year.
Nick 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. Over the last 12 years, the Vikings have become a perennial national power. His Viking teams have won nine NAIA National Championships and nine Cliff Keen National Dual Meet Championships.
He produced 30 NAIA National Champions and 104 All-Americans. Coach Mitchell’s teams have compiled an outstanding dual-meet record of 134-9. He also takes extreme pride in the fact that 72 of his proteges have been honored as an All-Academic Team Member.
For his efforts, Coach Mitchell has been named seven times as the NAIA Regional Coach of the Year, five times as the NAIA National Coach of the Year, and four times the NWCA National Coach of the Year.
Although the Vikings have become one of the nation’s elite teams by consecutively winning the last nine NAIA National Championships, Coach Mitchell continues to find ways to raise the standard.
“Our goal every year is not only to compete for the national championships but to find out how good we can be,” Mitchell said. “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. But more importantly, these guys will find the best versions of themselves.”
Before coming to Grand View University, Coach 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.
Nick Mitchell wrestled at Wartburg College (Waverly, IA), 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. Nick 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 144 wins as a Knight. Mitchell is now a member of the Wartburg College Athletic Hall of Fame.
Coach Mitchell earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Wartburg College in 2000 and a Masters of Arts in Education at Viterbo University in 2009. He resides in Ankeny, Iowa with his devoted wife, Rachelle, and daughters Brynn and Paige.