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.