Mike Hatcher, a part of four national championship teams at Iowa, was hired as an assistant coach at Cal Poly in May 2016.
Hatcher comes to Cal Poly after coaching roles at Grand Canyon and Tennessee at Chattanooga. Hatcher also has extensive experience training senior-level athletes, having coached multiple World Team members and multiple athletes on the World/Olympic ladder.
Hatcher wrestled for the legendary Dan Gable at Iowa from 1993-96 and also succeeded in the classroom at Iowa, making the dean's list in his senior campaign.
Hatcher was on staff at Chattanooga for four years, capturing three Southern Conference team championships and producing 14 individual conference champions and 17 NCAA qualifiers. UTC was also in the top 15 twice in team GPA during Hatcher's tenure.
While on the Chattanooga staff, Hatcher was also the director of the Chattanooga Wrestling Club. The CWC produced 30 state champions, 60 state place winners and 10 All-Americans in that time.
Hatcher has also spent five years as the Director of Olympic Regional Training Centers in both Tennessee and Arizona. In his time as director, he has coached multiple University All-Americans and FILA Junior All-Americans at the collegiate level. His high school-level Regional Training Center members have placed in Fargo, FILA Cadets and numerous other national level events.
Hatcher was a high school physical education/health teacher for 10 years. He spent four years at Durant High School (Iowa), four years at Martin County High School (Fla.) and one year each at Krop High School (Fla.) and Coral Glades High School (Fla.).
Hatcher earned his bachelor's degree in physical education from Iowa. He is also an active member of USA Wrestling, the national governing body for the sport, having held positions on both the board of directors and as the state chairman.
"Having been on four national championship teams at Iowa while wrestling for legendary coach Dan Gable, the experience Hatcher brings to the table goes without saying," said Sioredas. "He has also coached at the highest level of our sport, having trained several senior level guys that have made world teams and been on the Olympic ladder."