Chad Hanke
Chad Hanke
Previous College: Oregon State '14
Position: Assistant Coach

Chad Hanke is in his second season as an assistant coach for the American University wrestling team.

A two-time NCAA qualifier at Oregon State, Hanke came to AU after spending the 2014-15 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.”

Hanke captured a sixth-place finish at 125kg at the 2015 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.

Hanke graduated from Oregon State University in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sport science.