Mark Hawald enters his sixth season as the head wrestling coach at Mount Union.
During the 2011-2012 season, Hawald led the Purple Raiders to a second straight Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament title with five conference champions and was named OAC Coach of the Year for the second straight year. The Raiders finished 14th at the NCAA Division III National Tournament with two All-Americans.
Hawald was named 2011 d3wrestle.com National Coach of the Year after leading the Purple Raiders to a 14-0 dual meet record, making Mount Union the only undefeated team in all of Division III Wrestling. The Raiders won their first OAC Tournament in over a decade with five Champions and finished eighth at the NCAA Division III National Tournament with three All-Americans.
While at Mount Union, Hawald has coached seven All-Americans and 14 OAC Champions. Five wrestlers among the top 11 in career wins have competed under Hawald's tutelage.
In addition to success on the mat, Coach Hawald has pushed his team in the classroom. The Purple Raiders were named a NWCA Scholar All-American team, five wrestlers were named Scholar All-Americans, and three were named Academic All-OAC.
In his first three seasons at Mount Union, Hawald saw regular growth with the team. The team was sixth in the OAC in 2008 with a 3-13 record, second in the OAC in 2009 with a 6-4 record, and second in the OAC in 2010 with a 9-5 record.
A native of Solon, Ohio, served as an assistant coach at Notre Dame College (Ohio), prior to Mount Union.
As a four-year letter winner at 174 pounds at John Carroll, Hawald is familiar with the OAC as he was a four-time OAC Champion and 2004 All-American. He is the Blue Streaks’ all-time wrestling leader in career wins (122) and earned a bachelor's degree in accounting in 2005 and a master's in business administration in 2007.
Off the mat he earned Academic All-American honors three times and was John Carroll’s OAC Clyde Lamb Award winner in 2005, in recognition as the institution’s top male student-athlete.
In addition to coaching at Mount Union, Mark is also an instructor in the Department of Economics, Accounting, and Business Administration.
- 42-26 Career Record
- 16 OAC Champions and National Qualifiers
- 7 NCAA All-Americans
- 8 NWCA Scholar All-Americans
- 2 OAC Championships (2011, 2012)
- 1 NCAA Top Ten Finish (8th in 2011)
- Three-Time OAC Coach of the Year (2009, 2011, 2012)
- D3wrestle.com Coach of the Year (2011)