Michalak joins Illinois staff as volunteer assistant

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- University of Illinois head coach Jim Heffernan announced that three-time All-American and four-time Academic All-American Wynn Michalak will join the Fighting Illini coaching staff as a volunteer assistant coach. Michalak comes to Illinois from Central Michigan University, he was a graduate assistant coach from 2008-2012 and has spent the last two years as a resident athlete at the Olympic Training Center.

"The addition of Wynn Michalak to our staff is something we are really excited about," Heffernan said. "It was important for us to find the right fit, and Wynn fills our needs as a staff and program. He is from a traditionally strong program, and has gained valuable experience in the past two years living at the Olympic Training Center and competing on the international level. He will be a great leader for our guys and possesses a very high standard of morals and values. In addition to his coaching duties, Wynn plans to train and compete with the goal of making the world and Olympic team in the future."

Post collegiately, Michalak was the 2010 Hargobind International champion and was runner-up at the 2011 Shaheed Bhagat Singh International Open and Sunkist Kids International Open. During his time at Central Michigan, Michalak was a three-time All-American and was the fourth individual in Mid-American Conference history to win four conference titles, the first Chippewa to accomplish the feat. The standout wrestler was also a three-time MAC Wrestler of the Year and the 2005 MAC Freshman of the Year. Michalak also earned the 2007 CMU Dick Enberg Inaugural Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, which is given to a junior student-athlete who has a minimum of 3.20 GPA and who has performed with distinction their sport and considered a team leader.


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