Central Methodist names Wilbourn, Delgado to coach new mat programs

Central Methodist University has named head coaches for its two new wrestling programs, with Terrel Wilbourn heading up the men's mat program, while Brieana Delgado will coach the women's program, the central Missouri school announced Friday.

The school had announced it would be adding men's and women's wrestling to its roster of intercollegiate sports on Feb. 12.

Terrel Wilbourn
Wilbourn has wrestling roots in the state of Missouri. Most recently, he was an assistant coach at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo., coaching three All-Americans and the NCAA Division II Wrestling National Champion at 125 pounds. Prior to joining Lindenwood's coaching staff, Wilbourn wrestled for the Lions, where he was a four-time All-American, three-time national finalist, and two-time national champion.

Before coming to Lindenwood, Wilbourn was a three-time Missouri state wrestling champ for Francis Howell Central just outside St. Louis. Wilbourn was also an NHSCA (National High School Coaches Association national champion, cadet freestyle national champion, and junior freestyle national runner-up. He also claimed the NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) National Champion title in the 141-pound weight class as a freshman at Iowa Central Community College.

"We are extremely excited to announce Terrel as head coach of the Central Methodist University Eagles," said by Dr. Joe Parisi, Vice President for enrollment management at Central Missouri who was a decorated wrestling coach himself. "Terrel has all the ingredients of a successful head coach: intelligence, innovation, character, organizational and leadership skills, and a commanding presence. He also has a stellar reputation and is one of the most decorated high school and college wrestlers the state of Missouri has seen. I feel extremely fortunate and could not be more excited for Eagle Nation and the future of our program. I truly believe that we have hired the premier young coach in the country and that exciting times lie ahead."

Delgado, a graduate of Oklahoma City University, brings a wealth of knowledge about the sport of women's wrestling to Central Methodist. The four-time All-American has competed on some of the biggest stages in the sport to go along with her experience at the national level, winning two Fargo titles as a youth wrestler and earning bronze at the 2014 University World Championships.

The South Carolina native comes to Central Methodist after serving as the head coach at Vista Murrieta High School in California. Prior to her time with the Broncos, Delgado served as the assistant women's wrestling coach with her alma mater for two seasons, coaching 12 athletes to All-American status and guiding the team to back-to-back Top-10 finishes at the WCWA (Women's College Wrestling Association) Championships.

"Brieana is a rising star in our business," said Parisi. "She has the right skill set to be a great head coach. She is a very good communicator and has worked very hard to hone her craft. Brieana understands recruiting and athletic development and is very adept with all levels of women's wrestling. She has tremendous people skills and there is no question in my mind that she is going to be a successful head coach."

Central Methodist's men's and women's intercollegiate wrestling programs will take to the mats in fall 2019. Both programs will compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). While men's wrestling has been an NAIA sport for many years, women's wrestling was just introduced in 2018.

Central Methodist University is a four-year, private school located in Fayette, Mo., about 30 minutes northwest of Columbia, home to the University of Missouri. Founded in 1854 and affiliated with the United Methodist Church, Central Methodist has a total enrollment of approximately 3,800 students.


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