Adam LatellaLatella most recently served as the Olympic Training Site Head Weightlifting Coach at Northern Michigan University, overseeing all aspects of the team during the 2018-19 year. He led the men's and women's teams to second-place finishes at the University Nationals and coached two individual national champions, two individual silver medalists, three individual bronze medalists and 14 other top-10 placers.
As a wrestler for the Warhawks, Latella competed in the 197-pound weight class for three seasons, beginning his sophomore year in 2009. He was a member of the 2010-11 team that tied for 29th place at the NCAA Division III Tournament. In 2012, the team clinched the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship and finished eighth at the NCAA Division III Tournament.
In 2009-10, Latella was voted as the team's Most Improved after he finished as the runner-up at the WIAC Championships and qualified for his first NCAA Championship.
Latella was named as a team captain for the 2010-11 season. His team voted him as the Most Valuable Wrestler after winning his first WIAC title in 2011. At his second NCAA Division III Championship appearance, he placed fifth, earning All-American accolades.
In 2011-12, Latella was again a team captain and won his second conference title. He was named as a Scholar-All-American by the National Wrestling Coaches Association.
Following graduation, Latella served as a student assistant coach for the 2012-13 season and as an assistant coach in the 2013-15 seasons. He worked as an academic advising graduate assistant in the 2014-15 school year. Latella was a full-time academic advisor from 2015 until 2018.
Besides competing and working with the wrestling program, Latella was also a member of the UW-Whitewater Olympic Weightlifting Club, where he was a three-time state champion. He was the club's assistant coach in 2013-15 before being named as the head coach for the 2015-18 seasons. He led the club to its first state championship in 2016 and two consecutive championships in 2017 and 2018.
A native of Rockton, Ill., Latella graduated from UW-Whitewater with a bachelor's degree in human health and performance and recreation with a minor in coaching in 2014. He also completed his master's degree in Physical Education, Health and Coaching in 2015 at UW-Whitewater.
The Warhawks begin their season with a home dual against UW-Oshkosh on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m.