Mike McMullan (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Mike McMullan, a four-time NCAA All-American at Northwestern, will return to his alma mater as an assistant coach, head coach Matt Storniolo announced on Wednesday.
McMullan, a native of Easton, Pennsylvania, has served as the assistant coach for Penn's wrestling program since June 2015. He worked with the upperweights, including 2016 NCAA All-American Casey Kent at 174 lbs.
"This is a great day for Wildcat wrestling," said Storniolo. "We are thrilled to welcome Mike back to his home. His résumé speaks for itself. He was one of the best 285 lb. competitors the NCAA has ever seen and he has grown tremendously as a coach while at Penn."
In four trips to the NCAA Championships with the Wildcats at heavyweight, McMullan finished on the podium each time, and never finished lower than third. His best finish came in 2013, when he finished as the national runner-up.
"The opportunity to have an impact and coach this wrestling program is unbelievably compelling," said McMullan. "I believe that Northwestern is the gold standard. It offers the most holistic wrestling experience, hands down. I cannot wait to help the student-athletes accomplish their goals and am excited to have a high-level impact at my alma mater."
McMullan was also a Big Ten champion in 2015 at 285 lbs., with a 4-3 win over Iowa's Bobby Telford in the final. He won three straight matches over top-15 wrestlers to win the title.
His career winning percentage of .817 (103-23) at NU is ninth in program history, and he became only the third Wildcat grappler earn All-America honors every year during his career.
McMullan wrestled for Wyoming Seminary in high school and was the nation's top-ranked heavyweight recruit in his class, according to InterMat. At NU, he was an NWCA All-Academic and All-Big Ten honoree and served as a member of Northwestern's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.