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Mike Castillo is in his second season on the NIU staff, where he has contributed to the success of four NCAA Championships qualifiers and seven MAC placewinners.
Prior to joining the Huskies, he spent five years as an assistant coach for perennial high school power Lyons Township, which is also his alma mater. Castillo's Lyons Township squads placed in the state in all five of his seasons as assistant coach, from 2002-06. Castillo helped coach seven individual state placewinners while with the Lions.
In addition to his work with Lyons Township and NIU, Castillo spent two years as an assistant coach at Overtime School of Wrestling in Naperville, Ill. His duties at the midwest's Olympic training facility included personally training many of the state's top age-level athletes, including numerous national champions and All-Americans.
"Mike brings a wealth of knowledge to the table," head coach Dave Grant said. "Being an Illinois native, he has great connections throughout the state. We are excited to have his contributions at NIU."
During the summer of 2007, Castillo was an assistant coach with Team Illinois, where he was responsible for the cadet group, as well as the freestyle national champion juniors squad.
As a competitor, Castillo wrestled under Mark Johnson at the University of Illinois. During his 2001 senior campaign, he complied a record of 22-11 on his way to qualifying for the NCAA tournament. As a redshirt freshman, Castillo was recognized as a USA 1998 Espoir All-American.
Castillo's younger brother Vince is on the current NIU wrestling team, while his brother Pat was a two-time MAC Most Outstanding Wrestler and three-time NCAA qualifier for the Huskies.
An Illinois native, Castillo is 28 years old. He earned a bachelor of science degree in kinesiology from the University of Illinois in 2001, and is pursuing his master's degree in physical education at NIU.