Donny Pritzlaff, a 2002 graduate of the University of Wisconsin, enters his fifth season as an assistant with the Badgers, and second year as the associate head coach. In his first year as the associate head coach, Pritzlaff helped Wisconsin to a fourth place finish at the 2010 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships and also helped guide then-sophomore Andrew Howe to the first place title at 165 lbs.
Pritzlaff was elevated to the role of associate head coach during summer of 2009. Pritzlaff works with UW's middle weight wrestlers and helped Andrew Howe become a Big Ten champion and reach the NCAA finals at 165 lbs. as a true freshman during the 2008-09 season.
Prior to joining UW, Pritzlaff was an assistant coach at Hofstra for three years. In 2005-06, the Pride sent eight wrestlers to the NCAA championships and won their fifth-consecutive Colonial Athletic Association title.
As a Badger wrestler, Pritzlaff was a three-time Big Ten champion (1999-2001), a two-time NCAA champion (2000 and 2001) and a four-time All-American (once at 150 lbs., three times at 165 lbs.). His career winning percentage of .894 (135 wins, 16 losses) stands as the second best in program history while his 135 career wins ranks fourth.
Pritzlaff was a junior world champion in 1998 and was a member of the United States National Team in 2002-03. Following his graduation with a degree in sociology, the Lyndhurst, N.J., native served as a volunteer assistant at Wisconsin during the 2002-03 season. Pritzlaff won a bronze medal at the 2006 World Championships and finished his competitive wrestling career during the summer of 2008 after training for the 2008 Olympic Trials.
Pritzlaff currently lives in Madison with his wife Robin and two daughters.