Category Archives: WCWA

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.

WCWA Regional Qualifiers Canceled

There Were Good Reasons

As some of you may know, the WCWA was scheduled to hold its regional qualifiers for this year’s National championships last weekend. However, these were canceled leaving many people wondering why. After inquiring as to the reasons for the cancellation, I received the answer via direct message on Twitter from the official WCWA account. There were 3 factors cited:

  1. Membership had discussed regionals before the NAIA had announced women’s wrestling invitational status. Since many of the WCWA schools are NAIA, adding regionals meant that a financial burden would be added to their budget. The WCWA didn’t want them to have to choose between WCWA regionals/nationals and NAIA at this point. It may happen in the future, but they didn’t want that to happen currently.
  2. The WCWA also had to wait to see where NAIA nationals were going to be held and deciding regional teams would have pushed them further into the WCWA season.
  3. Membership wanted more time to develop the right regional format for what the WCWA is trying to accomplish. As the association grows women’s wrestling, it wants to ensure it isn’t discouraging teams from starting programs and joining the WCWA, while also providing a competitive championship environment.

Though it’s disappointing to not see the first-ever WCWA regional qualifiers take place, it appears the decision was made with the membership’s and the sport’s best interest in mind. I’d like to thank the WCWA for providing me the information.

Grand View University Adds Women’s Wrestling

Grand View University, in Des Moines, Iowa, has announced its intention to add women’s wrestling as a varsity sport for the 2019-2020 season.

Grand View University Vikings

Grand View is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The school offers over 40 undergraduate programs and four master degree programs. Its pre-professional programs include medicine, law, pharmacy and physical therapy. Its 50-acre campus has an academic staff of 90 and a co-ed student body of around 2,000.

We are very excited that we are going to add women’s wrestling as the 26th varsity sport at Grand View

Troy Plummer, Grand View University Director of Athletics

The Vikings will compete as part of the NAIA. There was no mention of a head coach or the search for one getting underway, yet.

The addition of Grand View would mark the 53rd program competing in freestyle for 2019-2020 season. As usual, I wish the Vikings the best as they join this growing sport!

TWU and ESU to Add Women’s Wrestling for 2019-2020 Season

Texas Wesleyan University

Texas Wesleyan University, located in Fort Worth, Texas, has announced it will be adding women’s wrestling for the 2019-2020 season.

TWU is a private liberal arts university founded by the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. The School offer 27 areas of undergraduate study and offers graduate programs in business, education, counseling, nurse anesthesia and law. The 75 acre campus has a staff of 279 and a co-ed population of over 3,300.

“We think this is a wonderful opportunity for students to compete in wrestling collegiately while earning their degree in a student-first environment ideal for thriving on and off the field.”

Frederick G. Slabach, president of TWU

The Rams compete in the NAIA. The school is currently looking for its inaugural Head Coach while its recruiting effort will begin in the spring of 2019. However if you are interested, there is no reason not to make first contact just click on the link and let them know you’re interested!

East Stroudsburg University

East Stroudsburg University in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, has also announced plans to add women’s wrestling to its athletic offerings with plans to begin competing during the 2019-2020 season.

ESU is a public university offering 68 undergraduate major programs with 24 concentrations of study. The 213 acres campus has an academic staff of 280 and a co-ed population of over 6,000.

“Women’s wrestling has been under consideration for some time and we’ve already developed our schedule for next fall. We are eager to recruit new student-athletes for this opportunity.”

Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D., president of ESU

 The ESU is an NCAA Division II school. 2-time Puerto Rico Olympian and former Springfield Technical Community College women’s wrestling head coach, Anibal Nieves, will initially coach both the men’s and the women’s teams. If you are interested in considering joining the Warriors click on the link and fill out the Women’s Wrestling Prospective Student-Athlete Form.

Bonus: Davenport University to add Women’s Wrestling in 2020

An image of an internal email, shared via twitter, states that Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Michigan intends to add women’s wrestling in 2020.

I have learned to be careful about being overly excited about such statements until an official announcement is made by the school. Nonetheless, I see nothing wrong with making everyone aware there might be one more option coming up on the horizon.

Once the official press release is out I will write a post with the usual details. Until then, I will add the school to the list with the caveat that it may be removed if I feel the program is not going to materialize. I have my fingers crossed that it does.

53(?) WCWA Schools by 2020!

If Davenport does start a program that would bring the number of schools with varsity women’s wrestling programs to 53 by 2020! If it doesn’t, women’s wrestling will still be doing great with 52 for 2019!

I realize there are many factors that may change the landscape of the sport. The NAIA may decide the WCWA has enough non-NAIA schools in it that it can separate its programs from it. The NCAA may grant women’s wrestling emerging sport status. How such changes would affect the WCWA is an unknown. What is known is that the sport has a healthy rate of growth and is undeniably here to stay.

As always, I wish the two new schools the best of luck in all their efforts to start successful programs and look forward to seeing them succeed.

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point to Add Women’s Wrestling

WCWA will grow to 50 programs for the 2019-2020 season

The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, has announced that it will add women’s wrestling as a varsity sport during the 2019-2020 season. The school is a public university granting associate, baccalaureate and master’s degrees, as well as doctoral degrees in audiology. The 400 acre campus has a staff of 544 and its student body is made up of 9,643 coeds. In athletics, UWSP is an NCAA Division III school.

Johnny Johnson, the men’s head wrestling coach, will also coach the women’s team during its inaugural season. If you are interested in becoming part of the Pointers fill out the recruiting questionnaire.

It’s great to see another team join the WCWA ranks and we wish them the best of luck during their inaugural and all subsequent seasons!

© 2013-2019 SoCalWrestlerGirl
%d bloggers like this: