The Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association annually recognizes an MWCA Head Coach and Assistant Coach of the Year. This year the MWCA is excited to announce Tim Haneberg of Hastings as Head Coach of the Year and Mark Krier of Zumbrota-Mazeppa as Assistant Coach of the Year.
Coach Haneberg guided Hastings to one of the most exciting State Duals Finals in Minnesota history. The Raiders never gave up as they won the final five matches (three by fall) to pull out the one-point victory for the state title. The momentum carried into the rest of the weekend as the Raiders finished as runner-up in the state individual tournament.
Coach Krier was nominated by Zumbrota-Mazeppa Head Coach Link Steffen. Krier stepped in as Head Coach mid-season as Coach Steffen needed open heart surgery. Coach Krier stepped up to the plate without hesitation. Coach Steffen shares, “I will forever be grateful for being able to depend on Mark Krier. He is an ambassador of wrestling, a great family man, and a very dear friend. Mark has done much more than step up as head coach; he helped me put everything into perspective and proved wrestling truly is a family.”
Coach Haneberg and Coach Krier will be recognized at the Hall of Fame Banquet in Benson on Saturday, April 29th.