Sept. 30, 2013
MADISON, Wis. – Former UW All-American and Big Ten champion Mitch Hull is back in the Wisconsin wrestling room as a member of the Badgers’ administrative staff. Hull joins the UW coaching staff as a volunteer administrative assistant after previously serving as the National Team Director for USA Wrestling.
“I am really excited to be back,” Hull said. “Not only the University -- I went to school here, wrestled here, coached here -- but also it is home. I grew up 20 miles from here. I have family around here, I have college teammates, guys that I coached. Its home. That’s what is really great.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for myself and my family,” Hull continued. “I’m excited about working here and getting back with the athletes that competed here and have them feel a part of this program. I want to continue the tradition of the Olympics with this wrestling program at the University of Wisconsin. We have a tremendous heritage here at the and within this state with the sport of wrestling and Olympic Games and I truly want to be part of the continued effort.”
Hull brings incredible experience to the room for the Badgers, both on the world stage and in the Big Ten.
“Mitch is going to be a good addition to our staff,” UW head coach Barry Davis said. “He brings a lot of experience from USA wrestling, ties with high school coaches, regional training centers, Olympic and world experience. When you are at that level for that long, there are things that he has been through that can help us here at the college level.”
Hull previously served as the National Teams Director for USA Wrestling since 1992, providing 21 years of leadership to the organization. He coordinated and supervised all aspects of USA Wrestling’s international programs, including working with the National Team coaching staffs in all three Olympic wrestling styles.
During Hull’s tenure, the United States won the World Team Title in freestyle wrestling in 1993 and 1995, the Women’s World Championships in 1999 and the Greco-Roman World Championships in 2007. The U.S. won the most medals of any nation in wrestling at the 1996 Olympics.
Under Hull’s direction, the United States won 102 medals in the three international styles at the World Championships, including 28 gold medals. At the Olympic Games during his tenure, the United States won 36 Olympic medals in the three styles, including 12 Olympic gold medals.
Hull joined USA Wrestling from Purdue where he served as the head wrestling coach from 1988-92. He had previously served as assistant coach at Purdue from 1986-88. Hull was an assistant coach for Wisconsin from 1982-86 and a graduate assistant coach from 1980-82. He received a bachelor’s degree in business from Wisconsin in 1980.
Hull was a two-time NCAA All-American at Wisconsin and two-time Big Ten champion. He was one of the few U.S. wrestlers ever to compete in both the Freestyle and Greco-Roman World Championships. He won two U.S. Nationals freestyle titles (1981-82) and finished second in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in 1984. Hull was a Junior National double champion, winning both freestyle and Greco-Roman.