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!
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.
Yesterday, I was posting about the number of WCWA programs growing to 48. Today, unfortunately, I’m posting about the number going down by one next season. Yesterday, Bacone College officially announced that it is cutting, among other sports, women’s wrestling.
The college, in Muskogee, Oklahoma, had sponsored the sport since 2015 and Head Coach Geneva Gray (sister of Olympian and three-time world champion Adeline Gray) joined the program in 2016. With a 32-woman roster made up of freshmen and sophomores, the Bacone Warriors appeared ready to make their mark in the upcoming seasons. But that will never be.
Athletes have all been released from their commitment to the school and are free to join other programs without penalty. A daunting task at this point in the year since most programs have more than likely filled their rosters for the next season. All anyone can hope for is that there is a new program out there that will snatch up these experienced collegiate wrestlers. Hopefully, the same will go for Coach Gray.
There is a lesson to learn from this situation. It’s the same lesson every time a program’s discontinued but I won’t rehash it here. If you’re interested in reading a longer piece on the challenges both student-athletes and schools are currently facing, please read Wentworth Military Academy To Close And The Lesson It Teaches Us.
Best of luck to everyone involved in this sad situation, let’s hope this is the last case of this sort we hear about in a while.
Big Bend Community College, in Moses Lake, Washington, will be adding women’s wrestling starting in the 2018-2019 season. The school is a two-year community college that offers 43 associate degrees and 16 certificate programs. The population is made up of around 5,400 students. In athletics, Big Bend is an NWAC school.
The Vikings have begun the search for a head coach. The college hopes to recruit roughly 30 athletes this summer and eventually carry 25-30 wrestlers on the roster.
“We are excited to return men’s wrestling and introduce women’s wrestling at the collegiate level. These sports give talented athletes in our service district opportunities to continue their education and wrestling careers beyond high school and we are delighted about this newest addition.” – Terry Leas, Big Bend Community College President
SoCalWrestlerGirl.com wishes Big Bend the best of luck and look forward to future announcements about the program!
Last week I posted that Fontbonne University, in St. Louis, Missouri, was starting a women’s wrestling program and had hired a head coach. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any other information on the program.
Well, Coach Amond Prater, saw the post and wasted no time in reaching out to me with more information. You might be wondering why it’s only now that I am sharing the information; for those of you new to the site, I’m always behind posting information (though I try to keep the delay at a minimum, doesn’t always work).
Anyway, the program will have its inaugural season in the fall of 2019. For the rest of the info, I think it will be best if I just share Coach Prater’s exact words,
“As a a private institution we thrive on the fact that we will be able to offer an educational experience built on Faith, Family and Friendship. We offer top degrees in Education particularly in the area of Special Education and we also have a very strong business program and a top degree in cyber security. As a brand new program we are in a great situation to have our own wrestling room by 2019-20 as well as great competition being surrounded by 4 traditionally strong women’s programs in Missouri Valley, Lindenwood, Missouri Baptist and McKendree. We are located close to Downtown but surrounded by a number of opportunities for students to have a great college experience including Forest Park and The Loop just to name a few.”
Just to recap some of the information from my original post, Fontbonne is a private co-ed liberal arts institution affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. It offers both undergraduate and master’s degrees. The university has a student population of around 3,000. Fontbonne is an NCAA – Division III school.
So, for those juniors out there, check out the Griffins’ recruiting page and keep an eye for the addition of the wrestling recruiting questionnaire.
Once again, I wish the Griffins and Coach Prater the best of luck and look forward to seeing their future success!