Head Coach- Mike Mena
Lincoln College is pleased to announce the hiring of Mike Mena, as the newest Wrestling Coach and Fitness Center Manager. Mena will take over a program that is rich in tradition winning two national titles and placing in the nation ten times. Most recently, the Lynx squad place 4th in the 2017 national tournament.
A native of Sterling, Illinois, Mena started his wrestling career at Newman Catholic High School where he was a four-time Illinois State Champion for the Comets. Mena’s college career took him to the University of Iowa where he was a four-time NCAA Division I All-American and an NCAA finalist for the Hawkeyes.
Mena began his coaching career as an assistant at the University of Indiana. While at Indiana, he helped the Hoosiers coaching staff earn seven (7) nationally ranked recruiting classes which produced 19 NCAA All-Americans and 3 NCAA Champions. After Indiana, Mena became an assistant coach at Cal State University at Bakersfield for two years. While at Bakersfield he helped the Roadrunners coaching staff earn a top 20 national recruiting class.
For the last five years, Mena has been the head assistant coach at the University of Dubuque. In that role helped head the Spartans produce ten NCAA DIII National Qualifiers and one All-American. In 2014, he assisted the team to a Top 15 All-Academic Team performance and a 100% graduation rate.
In addition to coaching, Mena will manage the Scott Joslin Fitness Center inside the Lincoln Center.
Mena earned a Bachelor in Liberal Arts degree from the University of Iowa in 1997.
Assistant Coach: Eric Biehl
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Eric Beihl joined the Lincoln College wrestling staff in the 2016-17 season. In his own wrestling career, Eric Biehl held a 105-40 record while in high school, was a NCAA DI starter for Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, placed 7th at 2011 Nationals, and received the achievements of NCWA All-American as well as NCWA Academic All American. In 2011, Biehl returned to central Illinois to help create a wrestling program for Heyworth Junior and Senior High School where he then served 5 years as the Heyworth Junior High program’s head coach and as the assistant coach for the Heyworth High School program. While at Heyworth, Biehl experienced the successes of two IHSA state qualifiers, 15 IESA state qualifiers, 3 IESA state placers and achieved team titles including the 2016 IESA team sectional championship and an 11th place team finish in the IESA state competition series.
Assistant Coach: Jason Hoffman
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Jason Hoffman began coaching the wrestling program at Lincoln College in 2005 as an assistant coach. An Alum of Lincoln College, Hoffman has helped produce 24 All-Americans and five National Champions. Jason was an IHSA State runner-up for Prairie Central High School and then continued his wrestling career at Lincoln College and then at Eastern Illinois University. He graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree with Magna Cum Laude honors.