WCWA up to 49 programs in 2019
Delaware Valley University
Delaware Valley University, in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, has announced the addition of women’s wrestling as a varsity sport starting in the 2019-2020 season. The school is a private university offering 25 undergraduate majors, six master’s programs, and a doctoral program. The student body is made up of 1,700 full-time undergraduate students In athletics, DelVal is a NCAA Div. III school.
Caitlyn Baker has been named the inaugural head coach for the Aggies. Coach Baker is a Pennsylvania native with 20 years of wrestling experience who earned All-American honors twice during her time as athlete in the WCWA.
“Her success on and off the mats speaks for itself and her connections in the sport are at all levels throughout the country. Our new program is in great hands.” – Delaware Valley University Director of Athletics, Steve Cantrell
Alderson Broaddus University
Alderson Broaddus University, in Philippi, West Virginia, also announced the addition of women’s wrestling as a varsity sport for the 2019-2020 season. “AB”, as it is commonly called, is a four-year private university associated with the American Baptist Churches USA. It is known for its health science, natural science, education and music programs. It offers a variety of majors concentrating in five academic divisions: Education and Special Programs, Health Sciences, Humanities, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences. The student body is made up of 1,052 full-time undergraduate students In athletics, the school is a NCAA Div. II school.
The Battlers will begin looking for enough wrestlers to compete in an abbreviated schedule their first season, according to head coach Sam Gardner. This will be the first WCWA school in West Virginia.
“The sport’s growing at the small school level, and I felt the time was right to propose that we adopt women’s wrestling now rather than later. We want to be early adopters of women’s wrestling and be on the ground floor of this trend. I believe this will help set AB up to be one of the premier locations for wrestling in the state and hopefully nationally in years to come.” – Sam Gardner, Alderson Broaddus University Wrestling Head Coach.
These two schools are getting the sport closer to acquiring NCAA emerging sport status and they are both enthusiastically welcome. We wish them the best of luck during their first year of competition and invite all the high school wrestler-girls to consider them out as potential schools with which to continue their wrestling and academic careers.