Mitchell, SD- Dakota Wesleyan University Athletics announced this morning that men’s wrestling head coach Casey Mouw is retiring after four years to pursue a new career opportunity. South Dakota State University wrestling assistant Martin Mueller will become the 13th men’s wrestling head coach in program history.

Mouw ran the DWU wrestling program for four seasons; he has coached one NAIA All-American, two NAIA All-American Scholar-Athletes, six All-GPAC performers, and four NAIA National qualifiers. Under Mouw’s guidance, Marcus Urban was a three-time All-GPAC performer and earned All-American honors in 2020 at 165 pounds. Coach Mouw’s final national qualifier, for the second time, was Darien Malone at 133 pounds.

“Coach Mouw has done a phenomenal job leading this program for four years, said athletic director Jon Hart. “Casey has completely revitalized this program in all its facets during his tenure. We have made major strides in developing our roster and our identity under his leadership. He leaves the program in a much better place than where he found him and I couldn’t be more excited for the future with his transformational leadership.”

Mueller will begin his first head coaching role for DWU after serving as an assistant for SDSU for the past two years. Mueller, a native of Rapid City, SD, graduated from SDSU in 2020 with a Bachelor of Science degree. He then returned to SDSU for his Masters in Sports Administration while serving as a graduate assistant for the Jackrabbits. As part of an overall 13-4 2021-22 season, Mueller had a wide range of responsibilities for Jackrabbit wrestling, including alumni relations, fundraising, social media and recruiting efforts.

Prior to his stint as a graduate assistant, Mueller was a four-year student-athlete for the Jackrabbits. He compiled a career record of 46-34 overall and a double record of 23-17. In the 2017-2018 season, he earned a spot in the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in the 184-pound class.

“I would like to thank Mr. Hart and everyone at Dakota Wesleyan University for this opportunity! Coach Mouw has done spectacular things for this program. South Dakota is my home. I grew up in this great state and my competitive career originated in South Dakota, and I’m thrilled to take this next step and take this program to new heights,” Muller said.

Mueller comes to DWU after working with two renowned wrestling coaches, current SDSU and formerly Cornell head coach Damion Hahn and current Wisconsin wrestling head coach Chris Bono. Mueller was part of SDSU’s successful transition to the NCAA Big 12 conference.

“Martin comes to DWU with an excellent working pedigree with successful programs and head coaches. He has competed and coached at the highest level, and he will be an excellent candidate to lead our program in the future,” Hart said. .

Coach Mouw said of his time with Tiger wrestling: “I would like to thank Jon Hart and the DWU community at large for the opportunity to lead this program. It was a lifelong goal to give back to the struggle in a head coaching role and the The last four years have been a blessing. The progress we have made is in large part due to the people around this program both on and off campus. I am thrilled to seeing Coach Mueller bring a high level of experience and energy, and I can’t wait to see our young team continue to progress.”

Coach Mueller will take over at the start of April. Mouw’s last day with the program will be June 1.