Veteran head coach Joe Hada returns to the Heidelberg coaching staff for his tenth season. Hada has over 35 years of coaching experience at both the high school and collegiate levels. He assists with all aspects of the Berg wrestling program, while overseeing the annual Bergmania Youth Wrestling Tournament hosted by Heidelberg.
Hada is a retired teacher and head wrestling coach at Mentor High School. His career record was 217-61 for over a .780 winning percentage. His teams captured seven Lake Erie League titles, three sectional/district titles and placed as high as fifth in the state. Hada had 17 state qualifiers, seven placers and one Ohio State Champion. In his 19 years as head coach, he totaled 10 coach-of-the-year awards including the Ohio High School Division I Coach of the Year.
Over his coaching career, Hada has served as the President of the Greater Cleveland Wrestling Coaches & Officials Association and the Ohio High School Wrestling Coaches Association He was also the Regional Representative for the National High School Wrestling Coaches Association.
Hada has been inducted into the Mentor High School Sports Hall of Fame and the Harvey High Sports Hall of Fame. He also received the Mentor High Football Field Stadium Dedication Award.
Hada was a four-year letterman, team captain and national qualifier at Heidelberg. He and his wife Mary reside in Painesville, Ohio. They have three children, all of which attended Heidelberg, Betsy ’01, Joe ’04 and Julie ’07. This year Betsy will embark on her fifth season serving as the head softball coach at Heidelberg. Joe and Mary are also the proud grandparents to Jaxon and Alexis.
Personal: Currently serves as the President of Painsville City Council and has served as a member for 32 years ... Graduated from Cleveland State in 1978 with a masters degree.