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Dave Brandvold

Dave Brandvold graduated from the University of Wisconsin at River Falls in 1985.  He earned his Master’s Degree in school administration in 2007 and is currently working on his Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership.  Dave came to River Falls in the fall of 1990 as a physical education teacher.  Along with his teaching assignment he coached football and wrestling for the next 17 years.  Dave also coached girls softball and boys assistant golf coach on occasion in the spring.

Prior to coaching at River Falls, Brandvold was a 3 time All-American and National Champion at U-W River Falls.  On August 4th, 2012, Brandvold will be honored as a member of the All-Time WIAC Wrestling Team.

During Brandvold’s coaching career the Wildcat’s dominated Northern Wisconsin Wrestling over nearly two decades.  His wrestlers not only excelled at the conference and state level but at the national and collegiate level as well.  Brandvold’s teams won 12 conference championships, 13 regional titles, 5 team sectional championships, 5 team state appearances,  2 state runner-up finishes and also won 3 individual state titles that were recognized by the Cross Face and Wisconsin State Coaches Association.  The overall dual record of these Wildcat teams was 205-47-2.  In 1996 the Wildcats were ranked number 15 in the country by Amateur Wrestling News.  The 1997 team and RFHS were presented with the prestigious Sportsmanship Trophy from the WIAA. 

His wrestlers won 13 individual state titles and  56 wrestlers qualified for state in 17 years.   He was also fortunate to have two of his wrestlers win the prestigious Dave Schultz Memorial Award for the outstanding wrestler in the state.   Many of Brandvold’s wrestlers were also academic all-state athletes as well.
Kevin Black, Tony Black, Brady Cudd, and his oldest son Trevor Brandvold were all high school and collegiate All-Americans.  Brandvold and Dave Black helped to bring the Northern Badger Wrestling Tournament to River Falls.  The tournament is responsible for raising thousands of dollars that has helped sponsor all athletic teams in River Falls.
Brandvold also coached football each and every year.  He coached sophomores, varsity and freshmen during his tenure.  Dave worked mainly on the defensive side of the ball.  Motivation, breaking down film, and knowing teams tendencies were his strengths as a football coach.

Dave currently resides in Merrill.  He has been an administrator in Merrill for the past five years and has just been named superintendent at the Edgar School District for the 2012-13 school year.  He is married to his wife of 26 years, Karin Brandvold.  Karin was an all-conference athlete and is a Registered Nurse for the Bone and Joint Clinic in Merrill.  Karin and Dave’s son’s, Trevor and Craig, were both well over 100 match winner’s in high school.  Trevor wrestled for and is now coaching with the Wisconsin Badgers while Craig will be a senior wrestler at UW Stevens Point.  Their daughter Aly was named Gannet’s Female Athlete of the Year as an outstanding high school athlete in Central Wisconsin while at Merrill High School and will be a sophomore at UW-Madison this fall. 

“River Falls will always be home and I love coming back to visit friends and family.  I deeply miss the time I spent here as a teacher and coach and am truly honored by being inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame.