Staff
Head Coach
Manny Rivera

Manny Rivera was named head wrestling coach at CSU Bakersfield in July of 2016 following five years as an assistant at Big-12-member North Dakota State. He becomes just the fourth head coach in program history.

In 2015, he helped coach senior 174-pounder Kurtis Julson to an eighth-place finish and 184-pound junior Hayden Zillmer to a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. As a team, the Bison won the NCAA West Regional/Western Wrestling Conference championship with 70.5 points with five individual champions and one runner-up.

Rivera joined NDSU in 2011 after spending one year as an assistant coach at Virginia and two years as a graduate assistant at Minnesota. While at Virginia, he helped coach two All-America performers.

While a graduate assistant for the Gophers, he also served as the assistant director at the School of Champions, a wrestling training program for junior high and high school students. Additionally, he was a volunteer wrestling coach at Rosemead High School.

A native of El Monte, Calif., Rivera was a three-time NCAA qualifier at Minnesota and earned All-America honors as a senior after finishing seventh at 141 pounds at the NCAA Championships. He was also a starter on Minnesota’s 2007 national championship team. He finished his career with a record of 113-40 and 27 pins and was team captain as a senior.

Head Assistant Coach
Luke Smith

Smith is in his first season as an assistant coach at CSU Bakersfield.

Smith had been an assistant coach at Eastern Michigan University since 2011 and was promoted to the head assistant wrestling position in 2014. In his last season with the Eagles, he helped produce a school-record five national qualifiers and the program's first All-American since 1999. The Eagles also had three Academic All-Americans and placed third at the Mid American Conference Tournament.

Prior to Eastern Michigan, Smith spent three seasons at Old Dominion University. He started his coaching career at Central Michigan University from 2008-09 after a successful four-year career with the Chippewas.

Smith was a four-time NCAA qualifier at Central Michigan and was ranked as high as fourth in the country at 125 pounds. During his senior season, he led the Chippewas to a No. 2 national ranking, which was the highest in program history. He also earned MAC Freshman of the Year after the completion of his first season in Mount Pleasant.

Smith earned a bachelor's degree at CMU in 2008 in Sports Management and Athletic Coaching.

In 2004, he finished fourth at the Greco-Roman Olympic Trials and came in fourth again in 2006 at the Senior Freestyle World Team Trials. Also in 2006, he finished eighth at the University Freestyle World Championships.

As a prep athlete, Smith was a two-time Wisconsin state champion and produced a 114-2 record.

Assistant Coach
Chad Hanke

Hanke is in his first season as an assistant wrestling coach at CSU Bakersfield

Hanke spent the past three seasons at American University working primarily with the 184-, 197- and 285-pound weight classes. He also handled multiple administrative duties including planning competition and training schedules, booking team travel, developing practice plans and the recruitment of student-athletes.

"Chad brings much needed experience to our upper weights," said Rivera. "He will do an excellent job developing our wrestlers both on and off the mat. We are excited to have him in Bakersfield."

During his tenure with the Eagles, he coached David Terao to All-America honors and helped nine other student-athletes qualify for the NCAA Championships. Hanke also coached University Freestyle National Champion Jeric Kasunic.

Academically, the Eagles excelled, earning 17 Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) Academic Achievement Awards, 12 NCAA Academic All-America honors and had NCAA GPA finishes of third, fourth and sixth.

Hanke also served as a volunteer assistant at Pac-12 rival Oregon State for one season, while competing at the Northwest Regional Training Center in Corvallis. Hanke also competed for the Beavers as a student-athlete and was a four-year starter at the 197- and 285-pound classes. Over his four seasons, Hanke racked up 113 varsity wins and led the Beavers with a 35-5 record in 2012-13. He won the Pac-12 Championship that season and was a two-time national qualifier.

Hanke also competed nationally, winning the FILA Junior Freestyle National Champion in 2008 at 96 kilograms and finished second at the same weight in 2009. In 2011, he won the national championship in the University division and finished runner-up at the USA Wrestling Senior World Team Trials. In 2012, he was selected to participate in the 2012 USA Wrestling Olympic Team Trials and won his final national title in 2014 at 97 kilograms. Hanke placed sixth at the US Open in 2015 at 125 kilograms and took third in 2016 at the Bill Farrell Memorial International Open.

Assistant Coach
Efren Ceballos

Efren Ceballos is in his 11th season as a member of the Bakersfield wrestling program. He serves as a volunteer assistant coach for the Roadrunners this season.

Ceballos is one of five four-time NCAA Division I qualifiers in the CSU Bakersfield program (2002-05). Ceballos earned All-American honors as a junior at 125 pounds. Ceballos was a four-time Pac-12 placewinner, finishing second at 133 pounds as a freshman, second at 125 as a sophomore, fourth at 125 as a junior, and second at 125 as a senior.

Ceballos is seventh in school history in career wins with 114.

Smith is in his first season as an assistant coach at CSU Bakersfield.  Smith had been an assistant coach at Eastern Michigan University since 2011 and was promoted to the head assistant wrestling position in 2014.  In his last season with the Eagles, he helped produce a school-record five national qualifiers and the program's first All-American since 1999.  The Eagles also had three Academic All-Americans and placed third at the Mid American Conference Tournament. Prior to Eastern Michigan, Smith spent three seasons at Old Dominion University.  He started his coaching career at Central Michigan University from 2008-09 after a successful four-year career with the Chippewas.  Smith was a four-time NCAA qualifier at Central Michigan and was ranked as high as fourth in the country at 125 pounds.  During his senior season, he led the Chippewas to a No. 2 national ranking, which was the highest in program history.  He also earned MAC Freshman of the Year after the completion of his first season in Mount Pleasant. Smith earned a bachelor's degree at CMU in 2008 in Sports Management and Athletic Coaching.  In 2004, he finished fourth at the Greco-Roman Olympic Trials and came in fourth again in 2006 at the Senior Freestyle World Team Trials.  Also in 2006, he finished eighth at the University Freestyle World Championships.  As a prep athlete, Smith was a two-time Wisconsin state champion and produced a 114-2 record.