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Three More Women’s Wrestling Programs to Start in 2019

New Jersey City University

New Jersey City University, in Jersey City, New Jersey, has announced it will be adding women’s wrestling, as a club sport starting in the 2019-2020 season, before being elevated to full varsity status in Fall 2020.

NJCU, as it is also known, is a public liberal arts university. It consists of the NJCU School of Business, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education, and College of Professional Studies and 41 undergraduate study and 27 graduate degree programs. Its urban 46-acre campus serves over 8,500 students

“…wrestling is one of the fastest growing women’s sports in the United States and the world. With the introduction of the sport at our institution, we will be positioned well to capitalize on the movement and be at the forefront as leaders in another women’s sport, giving new opportunities to female student-athletes.”

Dr. Sue Henderson, NJCU President

A nationwide search for the Gothic Knights’s inaugural head coach is currently taking place. NJCU is an NCAA Div. III school, which leads me to believe they will be competing in the WCWA though the school’s announcement made no mention of the association. If you would like to find out more about the school, please visit itssite.

Life Pacific College

I don’t like posting about programs starting when the schools have not issued an official announcement. I have, in the past, posted prematurely only to end up disappointing those who had trusted my post. However, I am breaking my policy, with this next school, because a Southern Section coach, with a tradition of supporting girls wrestling, just had his daughter commit to the school. On top of that, The California Wrestler reported that Life Pacific had hired Menlo College Assistant Coach, Javier Gonzalez, as its program’s inaugural head coach. So, I’m feeling confident this program will come to fruition.

Life Pacific College is located in San Dimas, California, and according to Coach Gonzalez, the team will begin competing during the 2019-2020 season.

The school is a private Christian bible college associated with the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel. It offers two associate and six undergraduate degrees. The campus serves around 700 students.

I have always been of the belief that everyone deserves to wrestle. The amazing lessons and values that wrestling brings to young people should be afforded all regardless of gender. I am amazed of the growth of the sport in last 5 years and believe that the California wrestling community needs to continue and encourage young female athletes to pursue high school and college wrestling.

Javier Gonzalez, Life Pacific College Women’s Wrestling Head Coach

The Warriors compete in the NAIA. At this time, there is no word on whether the program will compete in the WCWA. If you would like to learn more about the school, please visit itssite.

Santa Rosa Junior College

Another school that has not made an official announcement but which I am choosing to believe will be sponsoring a women’s wrestling program starting in the 2019-2020 season is Santa Rosa Junior College. I’m choosing to believe the information because it’s coming from its inaugural head coach, Shane Roberts, another coach with a proven track record in girls wrestling.

Santa Rosa Junior College is located in Santa Rosa, California. The school was modeled as a feeder school for the University of California system and offers a wide variety of associate degrees. The 80-acre campus serves over 36,000 students.

According to Coach Roberts, the Bear Cubs will be competing in the WCWA. If you would like to learn more about the school, please visit its site. If you would like to learn more about the program, you can contact Coach Shane Roberts.

Exciting Times for California Collegiate Wrestling

With these two programs, California will have at least four sponsored collegiate women’s wrestling by the end of the 2019-2020 season and that is awesome! It is something supporters of California girls wrestling have been clamoring for! I have a feeling that the flood gates are about to open! I look forward to many more programs being announced in the coming years.

As always good luck to all three of the new programs in their first year of competition and thank you for giving the athletes the opportunity to pursue both their academic and athletic dreams.

Augsburg University to Add Women’s Wrestling

Augsburg University in Minneapolis, Minnesota has announced it will be adding women’s wrestling starting in the 2019-2020 season. Augsburg is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. It offers over 50 undergraduate and nine graduate degrees. It has a student body of nearly 3,600.

The Auggies’s inaugural head coach is Max Mejia, who he has served for three years as Women’s and Developmental Coach at the Sunkist Kids Regional Training Center in Tempe, Arizona.

I am excited and honored to be selected as the first women’s wrestling coach. Augsburg is an ideal place to begin a women’s wrestling program,” Mejia said. “First and foremost, the women will receive a quality education. The administration and I look forward to building a program with women of great character that serve as leaders in the Augsburg and wrestling communities. The tradition of excellence in wrestling has been set by the men’s team winning 13 national titles

Max Mejia, Head Coach, Augsburg University Women’s Wrestling

Augsburg is an NCAA Div. III school and as such will be competing in the WCWA. If you are interested in learning more about the program, head on over to the university’s official site.

It’s great to see another NCAA program joining the world of women’s wrestling and this one is starting strong, as it has already recruited the overall number one high school in the nation Emily Shilson. As always, best of luck this upcoming season!

41 Schools In The WCWA For The 2018-2019 Season!

You read that right! There will be 41 schools in the WCWA for the 2018-2019 season! Not only that, one of them will be the first NCAA Division I school in the association!

The NCAA school starting a varsity women’s wrestling program is Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina. It’s a private 4-year liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. The student body is made up of just under 1,200 undergraduate students. As mentioned, earlier, the Blue Hose are part of an NCAA Division I school, hopefully the first of many more to join in the coming years. No announcement has been made naming a head coach.

The second school to announce yesterday was Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas. It is a private university affiliated with United Methodist Church. It offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees. The student body consists of nearly 3,100 students. The inaugural Wildcats women’s team will be led by men’s wrestling head coach, Cody Garcia.

“As exciting as it is to see the surge of so many programs recently, I am even more encouraged and thankful to see it happening at a school that believes in the vision of the program, recognizes its value, and that understands the resources needed to develop champions. Our purpose, our brand, and the sport shouldn’t be limited when the need is there for everyone to benefit from it.” – Cody Garcia, Head Coach

It’s great to see so many institutions helping the student-athletes and sport grow. In less than a month, 5 schools have announced adding programs, making me hopeful that we might see a couple more added before the end of the year.

These two schools will be added to the colleges with women’s wrestling programs page.

Lakeland University To Join The WCWA

Last week, Lakeland University in Plymouth, Wisconsin announced that it would be adding women’s wrestling as a varsity sport and that it intends to join the WCWA. Its inaugural season will begin in the fall of 2018.

Lakeland is a private university offering both bachelor’s and master’s degrees. It is affiliated with the United Church of Christ. The student body is comprised of nearly 4,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. In athletics, it is an NCAA, Division III school.

The first Muskies women’s wrestling team will be led by current men’s head coach, Ben Chapman.

“There is a lot of interest from students who want to continue their education and wrestling careers after high school. Most WCWA-member schools have rosters of 30 or more, so this has great growth potential.” –  Ben Chapman, Head Coach

Lakeland’s addition to the WCWA will increase the number of schools in the association to 39. The school has been added to the colleges with women’s wrestling page. Hopefully we will see a few more schools announce their intentions to join the WCWA before the end of the season.


38 Schools In The WCWA for the 2018-2019 Season

That’s right! There might be at least 38 schools in the WCWA for the 2018-2019 Season. Nassau Community College (New York) and Tiffin University (Ohio) announced they would be adding women’s wrestling, in the fall of 2018, earlier this year and now two more schools have made the same announcement!

First, we have York College in York, Nebraska. It’s a private 4-year college affiliated with the Churches of Christ. The student body consists of about 450 undergraduate students. In athletics, the school is a member of the NAIA. Jeff Albers, who is an assistant on the men’s wrestling team, will be the York Panthers’ women’s team inaugural season head coach.

“I am so grateful for the opportunity to be able to be the first women’s wrestling coach at York College. I look forward to helping these young women be the best they can be on and off the mat.” – Jeff Albers, Head Coach

Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas is the other school to announce their plans for next fall. it’s also a private 4-year college, though its affiliation is with the United Methodist Church. The student body is made up of a little over 1,900 undergraduate students. Southwestern is also an NAIA school. There have been no announcements about who will take the helm of the first women’s team for the Moundbuilders but the school is very excited to join the growing ranks of WCWA schools.

“There are a lot of extremely talented athletes who are deserving of the opportunity to continue development in their sport while earning a valuable education,” – Matt Shelton, Athletic Director

Women’s wrestling is showing great growth potential and hopefully a couple more schools will jump on board before the end of the 2017-2018. The new schools have been added to the colleges with women’s wrestling page.

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