Jordon Bakley has been named head coach of the wrestling program at Lincoln College, the Illinois-based school announced Tuesday.
Bakley, a graduate of Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, has been the head wrestling coach at Central District 301 High School in Burlington, Ill. which serves several Kane County communities in northeast Illinois outside Chicago, since 2015.
In addition to being at the helm of Central High School's wrestling program, Bakley has taught math in the central school district over the past 3 years. He has also been an assistant coach for Top Dawgs Team Illinois All Stars club wrestling and was a technique instructor for Old School Wrestling Training Center in Huntley.
"Coaching wrestling at Lincoln College, with its longstanding record of excellence in the sport, is a humbling but very exciting opportunity," Bakley said of the school which placed fourth in the team standings at the 2018 NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) wrestling championships. "Lincoln College built an outstanding reputation as a wrestling powerhouse among two-year schools, now I want to build on that tradition and make us one of the top four-year programs."
In addition to announcing Bakley as head wrestling coach, the school also named Boyd Nowicki of Petersburg, Ill. as head coach of the women's softball program.
"I'm very pleased that we have been able find two highly qualified and enthusiastic coaches for these important programs," said Lincoln College Athletic Director Mark Purdue. "Lincoln College has a strong tradition in both of these sports and Jordon and Boyd are excited to help us build on those traditions as we transition to four-year athletics."
Founded in 1865, Lincoln College is located in the town of Lincoln in central Illinois, about halfway between Peoria and the state capital of Springfield. Both the school and the community are named in honor of Abraham Lincoln, president of the U.S. from 1861-65, who wrestled as a young man. The school, which offers both two- and four-year programs, has a student enrollment of approximately 1,100 students.