COACHES

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DONNY LONGENDYKE, HEAD COACH

Coach Donny is the head youth wrestling coach for White Bear Lake. He has been involved in wrestling for 18 years with 10 years of coaching experience. He has been a part of the White Bear program both as a wrestler and as a coach and has worked with wrestlers of all age levels. During his high school wrestling tenure, he claimed 187 wins and two state championships. In college, he was a 3x National finalist and the 2015 national champion for Augsburg college at 285lbs. He has continued on with his wrestling career as a senior-level Greco Roman Wrestler. Recently he claimed a silver medal at the 2021 Pan-American Wrestling Championships. He is currently on the US Olympic ladder and hopes to make the 2024 Greco-Roman Olympic wrestling team. 

 

Currently, he is competing on the senior level in Greco-Roman wrestling, completing his secondary education teaching license, and is the club/youth wrestling coach. He is also the Assistant Coach of the United States Deafylmpic wrestling team. He approaches wrestling with a wide skill set and knowledge of many different styles of wrestling. His aim at the youth level is to use games and drills to teach the fundamental movements and body control necessary for wrestling at the high school and college levels. His philosophy as a coach is to utilize strong positioning and low-risk high-reward offense. His mission as a coach is to promote wrestling by teaching discipline and fostering a love for the sport in a safe and fun environment.

JACOB VOLKMANN

Jacob Volkmann (Coach Jake) was born in Fergus Falls, Minnesota and graduated from Henning High School. Volkmann wrestled for the Otter Tail Central Bulldogs and holds the school’s all-time record for career wins and also won three state titles.

Volkmann then attended University of Minnesota, where he was a Big Ten Conference wrestling champion and a three time NCAA Division I All-American.

Volkmann started his professional MMA career in 2007, primarily competing in Minnesota where he is a member of the Minnesota Martial Arts Academy.