New RCTC wrestling staff set for 2021-22

Rochester, MN – The RCTC athletic department is happy to announce Andy Hackenmueller as the new head coach of the RCTC wrestling program. Coach Hackenmueller will be taking over for former coach Travis Rutt to lead an RCTC wrestling program that historically is one of the top programs in the country.

The Jackets are coming off a non-scholarship national championship in 2020-21. Coach Hackenmueller has coached at many different levels in his young career, including, youth, high school, and national levels. He served as a coach with the Minnesota Storm National High School Team, as well as with Forest Lake High School.

Coach Hackenmueller wrestled at North Dakota State University and the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse. “I am excited to get to work and pick up where Coach Rutt and Coach Rager left off. My goals are very very high for the team and the program. We will strive to win titles, earn degrees, and improve ourselves in all aspects of life. I intend to utilize my passion and connections to help all of my athletes reach their ultimate goals and get them to where they want to be.”

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New Albert Lea wrestling coach out after arrest

The contract for new Albert Lea wrestling coach Andy Hackenmueller was rescinded after he was arrested for public intoxication earlier this month at Diamond Jo Casino.

“As the result of a recent investigation, Albert Lea Area (Schools) has withdrawn its offer to Andy Hackenmueller to be Albert Lea High School’s head wrestling coach,” said Superintendent Mike Funk Wednesday afternoon in an email. “Mr. Hackenmueller will not be associated with the program in any manner.”

The district has offered the position to math teacher and baseball coach Paul Durbahn. Continue reading at

Albert Lea hires new wrestling coach

For the first time in more than 25 years, Albert Lea will see a new face leading the high school wrestling team.

Andy Hackenmueller, a native of St. Michael-Albertville, takes over the head coaching position after long-time leader Larry Goodnature stepped down over the summer.

Graduating in 2006, Hackenmueller was a three-time state place winner on a team that was a three-time state champion. He wrestled competitively at North Dakota State University for two years and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse for two years. While in La Crosse, Hackenmueller said he got hooked on coaching.

After spending two years as head coach in Rush City, he was contacted by Goodnature to come to Albert Lea and shadow for a couple years as Goodnature prepared for retirement. Continue reading at