WASHINGTON – Chad Hanke has been hired as an assistant coach for the American University wrestling program, as announced by head coach Teague Moore.
A two-time NCAA qualifier at Oregon State, Hanke comes to AU after spending the last season as a volunteer assistant at his alma mater. He also coached the Orange Crush Wrestling youth club, while coaching and competing at the USA Wrestling Northwest Regional Training Center.
"Having Chad join our staff strengthens our upper-weight environment," said Moore. "Coming from a school like Oregon State, and having found success on the mats at a national level, he can help develop our culture of upper weights.
"Chad's recent matches against the nation's best heavyweights, such as Pan American champion Zack Rey, proves that he is capable on many levels as an athlete and a technician."
Hanke recently captured a sixth-place finish at 125kg at the U.S. Open. He is also a two-time FILA University champion, winning the title in 2011 and 2014.
While at Oregon State, Hanke was a four-year starter at the 197- and 285-pound weight classes. Along with qualifying for the NCAA Tournament in 2011 and 2013, Hanke earned 113 career varsity wins. In 2013, he captured the Pac-12 title at heavyweight, leading the Beavers with a 35-5 overall record for the season.