Women's wrestling will become Tiffin University's 26th NCAA Division II intercollegiate varsity sport beginning in the 2018-19 season.
Women's wrestling will be TU's 13th women's sport. The women's wrestling team, which will host matches in the Gillmor Student Center, will compete as an emerging sport in the NCAA.
Men's wrestling head coach Joey Simcoe has been named Director of Wrestling Operations. He will be actively involved as Tiffin University opens a nationwide search for a women's wrestling head coach.
Tiffin University will compete in the Women's Collegiate Wrestling Association. The WCWA serves as the governing body for women's college wrestling as it grows as an emerging NCAA sport. There are 30 college teams that are current members. The league follows International Freestyle Rules.
"We are thankful to President Lillian Schumacher and Athletic Director Lonny Allen for having the foresight to see the possibilities," said Simcoe. "It shows how much the school believes in wrestling not just in this area but also nationally and what it can mean for the area and the student-athletes. We are excited to be the first collegiate women's wresting program in Ohio and look forward to continued growth with other schools in our sport."
"We are excited to add women's wrestling as our 26th varsity sport," said Lonny Allen, Athletic Director. "Women's wrestling is rapidly growing across the nation on the youth and high school levels, and there are still limited opportunities for competing at the college level. We believe we are well situated to take advantage of that growth. We believe this addition provides these student-athletes with the chance to continue their athletic pursuits while obtaining a top notch education at Tiffin University."