CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. -- Thomas More College president David A. Armstrong, J.D. and athletic director Terry Connor have named Jason Russell the new head wrestling coach at Thomas More.
Russell comes to Thomas More after serving as an assistant coach the last two season at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. At Whitewater, he helped lead the Warhawks to the 2016 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship, while coaching four NCAA Qualifiers during the 2015-16 season and Jordan Newman to the NCAA Division III Championship at 184 lbs. Russell assisted Whitewater's recruiting efforts, monitored the program's academic success, scouted and handled the team's social media presence.
"We are very happy that Jason has agreed to become the head wrestling coach at Thomas More," commented Connor. "The search committee felt his dedication and passion for wrestling will allow him to build a successful program, which just finished its inaugural season at Thomas More."
"I would like to thank President David Armstrong, director of athletics Terry Connor, associate athletic director Jeff Hetzer, assistant athletic director Lindsay Eagan and the entire athletic department for the opportunity to lead the Thomas More wrestling program," stated Russell. "The athletic programs at Thomas More have a long standing tradition of excellence. I am looking forward to learning from some of the best coaches in the country and I am excited to continue to build a team that strives to achieve greatness on the mat, in the classroom and within the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati communities."
Prior to coaching at Whitewater, Coach Russell served as a volunteer assistant at Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio during the 2014-15 season. At Heidelberg he coached NCAA All-American Richard Dowdley and NCAA Qualifier Nino Majoy. Russell also handled scouting and fundraising planning for the Student Princes.
Russell earned his Bachelor of Arts in History from Heidelberg in 2014, where he was a four-time varsity letter winner and a 2014 NCAA National Qualifier. He had a 69-29 career record and was a 2013-14 Heidelberg Scholar Athlete as well as a second team All-Ohio Athletic Conference selection in 2014. Russell will earn his Masters of Science Education in Athletic Administration from Wisconsin-Whitewater this May.
Thomas More College is a four-year, private liberal arts school located in Crestview Hills, Ky. in metropolitan Cincinnati. Founded in 1922 and affiliated with the Catholic church, Thomas More has an enrollment of approximately 1,900 students.