photo courtesy of Cal Baptist athletics
Today, Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri announced that they have hired four-time NCAA All-American Mike Mena as the head coach of their women’s wrestling team. Mena’s most recent position was as an assistant coach for California Baptist, a school that is in the middle of a transition from a DII program to a DI. Mena wrestled collegiately at Iowa where he was a 1995 Big Ten champion and a 1997 NCAA runner-up. The Hawkeyes, under head coach Dan Gable, also won three NCAA titles with Mena in the starting lineup.
“I’m honored to serve as head women’s wrestling coach at Lindenwood University,” Mena said. “I’d like to thank Coach Rollins, Senior Associate Athletic Director Tom Wagganer, and Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Brad Wachler for this wonderful opportunity and for believing in me. I look forward to leading the program forward as an emerging sport at the intercollegiate level.”
Mike has previous head coaching experience at Lincoln College, in Illinois, and has assisted at Indiana, Dubuque, CSU Bakersfield during his career.
Mena takes over a Lindenwood program that was most recently headed up by Andrey Rodriguez during the 2018-19 season. Once considered one of the top women’s collegiate programs, Lindenwood did not send any wrestlers to the 2019 WCWA National Championships and did not produce any All-Americans during the 2018 season.