Phil Moenkedick, a two-time NCAA Division III wrestling champ for Concordia College, has returned to his college alma mater as an assistant coach, the Moorhead, Minn. school announced Tuesday.
Moenkedick joins the Cobber coaching staff, consisting of head coach Matt Nagel, and assistant coach Nick Magee. The former Concordia mat champ replaces Clay Nagel, who stepped down at the end of last season to take a job at Frazee High School in Minnesota.
A native of Perham, Minn., Moenkedick is arguably one of the most decorated athletes in Concordia wrestling history. He won back-to-back NCAA D3 184-pound titles in 2010 and 2011, and was a three-time NCAA All-American. Moenkedick compiled an impressive 135-10-0 career record, scoring more than 30 wins in each of three of his four seasons.
In addition to his on-the-mat prowess, Moenkedick was equally adept in the classroom. He was a two-time Capital One Academic All-District Team honoree in his junior and senior seasons, and was a three-time Scholar All-American. Moenkedick carried a 3.50 grade point average over his four years at Concordia as a Health and Physical Education major. He graduated in 2011.
Concordia head coach Matt Nagel is eager to welcome Moenkedick back to campus, this time as a coach.
"Phil is a great example of a Division III student/athlete," said Nagel. "He will be a great role model for our athletes and will be a daily reminder that athletes can win national championships and not have to sacrifice excellence in the classroom."
"Phil's background in Division III and his knowledge of what it takes to be successful on the national level will be a huge asset for the program."
Located in Moorhead, Minn. – twin city to Fargo, N.D. – Concordia College is a private, four-year institution. Founded in 1891, the school has approximately 2,500 students. The school is often referred to as Concordia-Moorhead (to differentiate it from other colleges and universities with the Concordia name). By contrast, the school's sports mascot is one-of-a-kind; the Cobbers, as in a cob of corn.