Mike DeRoehn, head wrestling coach at Wisconsin’s Lakeland College, is taking the helm at University of Wisconsin-Platteville, Pioneers athletic director Mark Molesworth announced Tuesday.
DeRoehn takes over for Chris Walter, who announced his resignation in late April after 17 years as head wrestling coach at UW-Platteville.
For the past four seasons, DeRoehn has headed up the program at Lakeland College, leading the Muskies to two Northern Wrestling Association team championships. While at Lakeland, DeRoehn could claim 10 individual conference champions and two national qualifiers, along with two wrestlers earning Academic All-American honors.
Prior to Lakeland, DeRoehn coached at Platteville rival UW-Oshkosh for eight years, six as head coach. The Titans finished as high as fourth in the WIAC (Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) in 2009, tying for the program's best finish since placing third in 1997.
DeRoehn’s coaching career goes beyond college. Since 2006, he has served as the state coach of the Wisconsin Wrestling Federation, an organization that works to improve Wisconsin wrestling for all ages. He continues to work with the federation on a volunteer basis as the University Age Level Director. What’s more, DeRoehn also owns and is head wrestling coach of World Class Wrestling School, whose mission is to “assist young men and women in developing their wrestling skills, building character and developing positive habits on and off the mat.” He has received awards for his work with youth, as in 2010 he was named USA Wrestling Greco-Roman Junior National Coach of the Year.
Before getting involved in coaching, DeRoehn wrestled collegiately at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, N.H., where he earned a bachelor's degree in physical education in 2005. He later received a master's in educational leadership from UW-Oshkosh in 2009.
"Mike will be a great fit for UW-Platteville, because he brings a good wrestling background and a passion for strength and conditioning," said Molesworth. "He is a proven head coach, and knows what it takes to be successful in the WIAC and at the national level."
Located in southwestern Wisconsin near the state’s borders with Iowa and Illinois, UW-Platteville was founded in 1866. According to the school’s website, UW-Platteville has an enrollment of approximately 8,600 students.