Kevin Bratland was named the head wrestling coach on June
Bratland was the head coach at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois for the past eight seasons. He led the Cardinals to a 73-47-1 dual-meet record and three College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin Championships while also being named conference Coach of the Year three times. His teams finished in top 10 at the NCAA Division III Championships three times.
In his first season in 2006-'07, Bratland led the Cardinals to a 10th-place finish at the NCAA Division III Championships, the highest finish in school history. Four wrestlers qualified for nationals and two were All-Americans.
North Central sent three wrestlers to the 2008 Division III
Championships, each of whom earned All-American honors in helping
the Cardinals to a ninth-place finish.
In 2009, North Central had two individuals qualify for national-championship competition with both earning All-America honors. The Cardinals also set a school record with 15 dual-meet victories in the 2008-2009 campaign and achieved a national ranking as high as fourth by the National Wrestling Coaches Association.
Four of his wrestlers qualified for the NCAA Championships and
two earned All-America honors in the 2009-2010 season as the team
posted a 12-5-1 dual-meet record.
During the 2010-2011 season, three individuals qualified for the national championships with one earning All-America honors.
In 2012, two athletes earned All-America honors while 2013 saw
one wrestler earn All-America status. Last year Bratland had two
wrestlers qualify for the NCAA Championships.
Bratland served as the assistant wrestling coach at Ohio Northern University for two seasons before coming to North Central. He was the assistant coach and strength and conditioning coach at Division III wrestling powerhouse Wartburg College (Iowa) from 2003-05. Bratland helped coach Wartburg to its second straight national title in 2004. He has also served as an assistant coach at Humboldt High School in Humboldt, Iowa, in 1999-2000.
Bratland graduated from Wartburg in 2003 with a degree in fitness management. He received his master's degree in exercise science in 2004 from University of Northern Iowa. Bratland is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist and attained his coaching certification from Iowa Central Community College.
As a collegian, Bratland was a two-time National Wrestling
Coaches Association Division III All-Academic Individual and
two-time NCAA III All-American. In 2002, he finished third in
the nation at 157 pounds and improved his placement to second as a
senior in 2003. Bratland served as Wartburg's co-captain as a
junior and senior and was the team's most valuable wrestler those
same two years. He was a member of Wartburg's 2003 national
Bratland began his wrestling career at Iowa State University in 1997 and was part of the top-ranked recruiting class in the nation along with four-time undefeated national champion and Olympic gold medalist Cael Sanderson and four-time All-American and national champion Joe Heskett. The Cyclones finished fourth at the NCAA Division I Championships that season, with four wrestlers earning All-America honors.