The Menlo College Athletics Department is proud to announce William Mitchell as the next head coach of the women's wrestling program.  Mitchell brings a wealth of experience on both the collegiate level and on the national stage into the position, as well as an energetic outlook that should pay dividends in elevating the program to national prominence.  


"Many things went through my mind on learning I would be the next women's wrestling head coach at Menlo, but for the most part it was excitement to work with some great young women to reach their goals," said Mitchell on the prospects of joining the Oaks.  "Obviously our goal is to win a national championship, but my true goal is to give students an opportunity for success.  We as coaches or as I like to be called a facilitator, are here to give those around us a platform for success."  


Mitchell enters his Menlo tenure after most recently serving as the Director of Operations for the wrestling program at Lindenwood University in Bellville, IL, along with his role as Team Leader and Head Coach of Team Missouri Select (club team), and a coach on a variety of USA national wrestling teams.  Mitchell was at the helm of the Southern Plains Team in Freestyle and Greco from 2008-09, spent time as an assistant coach for the Fargo National Tournament in Freestyle and Greco from 2009-10, and was most recently the Missouri Regional Greco Coach.  


"We couldn't be happier in welcoming Bill to the Menlo Athletics family," said Director of Athletics Keith Spataro.  "His track record speaks for itself, and between his experience, attitude, and vision for the program, I believe he will advance Menlo women's wrestling to that next level."  


Mitchell inherits a young, but promising Lady Oaks squad, which is seemingly just the right fit for his intended plan for the program.  "I will work on creating a 3-5 year plan which will have many goals embedded in it such as community outreach programs, fundraising, and a sound schedule that will help each and every girl become successful," remarked Mitchell.  "I am excited to be part of a sound academic institution where we can help develop great leaders in our community and in student life."  

The Lady Oaks will look to improve on their 2-5 dual record in 2011-12, although the squad was able to feature four All-Americans.