Mike Goebel

Mike Goebel was the head wrestling coach and is the head football coach at his alumni Mater Dei High School in Evansville, Indiana. Goebel’s wrestling teams at Mater Dei have a combined record of 533-14-2 in head to head matches which is a National Record for winning percentage. Goebel was also a Democratic candidate for Indiana House of Representatives in 2010, and is a county councilman for Vanderburgh County.

Early Life

Goebel grew up in Southern Indiana and was one of 17 children. He graduated from Mater Dei High School in 1970. He graduated with a bachelor degree from USI in 1974, and a masters from Indiana State University in 1978.

Coaching Career

Goebel is the head football coach and wrestling coach at Mater Dei High School in Evansville Indiana. He is considered one of the most successful high school football and wrestling coaches in the state of Indiana.


As a football coach, Goebel has won 4 City Championships, 4 SIAC Championships, 9 Sectional Titles, 6 Regional Titles, 3 Semi-State Titles, and 1 State Championship. Goebel’s team captured the State Title in 2000, and overall he has a 148-46 record as a head coach in football.


As a wrestling coach, Goebel has set a precedent unlike any coach in the state of Indiana, and his teams head to head match record of 533-14-2 is the national record for winning percentage. Goebel has an elusive 29 City Championships, 29 Sectional Titles, 29 Regional Titles, 22 Semi-State Titles, and 12 State Titles with 1 runner-up.

Coach Goebel’s run of 29 straight regionals is a state record, and his 12 state titles is the state record.

Goebel stepped down from his head coaching position in wrestling in 2007.


Goebel has won Evansville coach of the year from the Evansville Courier and Press. He was the National Coach of the Year in 2003 for the National Wrestling Coaches, and was also their Indiana State Coach of the Year 5 times.

8 time coach of the year for the Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association.

In 2005 Goebel won the Billy Thom Award.

Goebel was the NFICA National Coach of the Year in 1999.

Goebel was awarded an Indiana Fitness Award by Senator Lugar, the Citizen of the Year Award by the Westside Civitan Club, the Spirit Award by the Tri-State Multiple Sclerosis Society, as well as being the recipient of a Scholarship from the Fulbright United States Scholar Committee.

In 1987 Goebel was elected into the Indiana Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Political Career

In 2004 Goebel was elected to the Vanderburgh County Council. He would serve 3 terms on the county council.

Goebel ran in the 2010 election for Indiana State House District 75. Goebel was unopposed in the Democratic primary election on May 4, 2010, and was defeated by Ron Bacon (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010.

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