40 Under 40: Mitch Hancock '00

While he was at Central Michigan University, Mitch earned Division 1 NCAA All-American honors as a senior, and was named “Most Outstanding Wrestler” in the program. Before returning to CC, Mitch spent one season as an assistant coach at CMU and helped lead the team to a MAC championship and Top 15 Team finish in the NCAA. Mitch joined the teaching staff at CC in 2006 and became Dean of Students in 2015. He has implemented the Medical Emergency Response Team, the ALICE protocol, and has certified CC as a Michigan Heart Safe School. Mitch completed his 13th year as the head coach of the Shamrock wrestling program. The team has reached the state final nine times since 2010, winning 8 state titles. His wrestlers have won 48 individual state titles and earned an additional 54 all-state finishes. Coach Hancock has been named Regional Coach of the Year 3 times, Michigan Wrestling Association Division 1 State Coach of the Year in 2010 and Michigan Wrestling Coach of the Year in 2012.

“The faith foundation and belief in God created an avenue for me to pursue my goals with an ambition and desire that’s uncommon. Catholic Central delivered so many instrumental figures into my life: Fr. Elmer, C.S.B. ’46, Fr. Donoher, C.S.B., Fr. Ward, C.S.B., Fr. McKernan, C.S.B., Fr. Menner, C.S.B., Mr. Rodriguez, Mr. Santello ’58, Mr. Lewis, Mr. Hayes, Mr. Petrovich, Mr. Gagnon, Mr. Dudas, Mrs. Valant, Mrs. Sharkey, and so many more who had a positive impact on me and my development as a young man.”

Favorite memory: Wrestling for Coach Rodriguez and the many memories we shared as a team. Coach Rod taught me that a Bible could be highlighted and it was ok to take notes in it. He taught me that with Christ in my life, I could accomplish anything. He showed me what love is and how passion could lead someone to be successful. Coach Rod will always remain as a pillar in my life.
“Teach Me Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge” is the motto of the Basilian Fathers and the sacred mission of Catholic Central High School. For ninety years, the graduates of Catholic Central have made a positive impact locally, nationally, and around the world.