Mike SchadwinkelThis past season, Schadwinkel led the Broncos to a third-place finish in the Great Plains Athletic Conference, the best conference finish in the ten-year history of the school's mat program. In addition, Schadwinkel coached Jeremiah Gerl to a fourth-place finish at the 2017 NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) national wrestling championships, the highest finish for a Hastings wrestler. The past two seasons, Hastings had sent a total of five wrestlers to the Nationals.
Schadwinkel's wrestlers also performed well in the classroom. In his three years at the helm, one Bronco wrestler earned NAIA Scholar Athlete honors ... while one-hundred percent of his student-athletes who finished their eligibility graduated from Hastings.
Prior to coming to Hastings, Schwadwinkel had coached wrestling at Dakota Wesleyan University, and at Grand Island High School in Nebraska.
"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."
"I am very appreciative for the opportunity to meet my professional goals of successfully leading a collegiate wrestling program," said Schadwinkel. "I wish nothing but the best for the student-athletes, the new coaches and the program."
A search for a new head wrestling coach will begin immediately.
Hastings College is a four-year, private liberal arts college located in Hastings, Neb. Founded in 1882, Hastings has an enrollment of approximately 1,200 students.