Leigh Jaynes after winning a bronze medal at the 2015 World Championships (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. -- Delaware Valley University and Director of Athletics Dave Duda are pleased to announce that 2015 world bronze medalist Leigh Jaynes has been tabbed to lead the upstart Aggies' women's wrestling program as the first full-time head wrestling coach.
Jaynes will be tasked with building the program from the ground up, and will begin with a year of recruiting before an anticipated start of competition during the 2020-2021 academic year.
"We are pleased to welcome Leigh Jaynes to the DelVal athletic department," said Duda. "Leigh is a very recognizable name and figure in the world of women's wrestling, and we feel very fortunate to have someone of her stature to build this program. Leigh and I both have high expectations for the future of the women's wrestling program at Delaware Valley, and we look forward to embracing the challenges of meeting the recruiting and performance goals together."
A graduate of Rancocas Valley Regional High School, and Missouri Valley College where she earned her undergraduate and master's degrees, and a Captain in the Medical Service Corps of the United States Army, individual ready reserve, Jaynes has an extensive wrestling background that has led her to success at the highest levels. She began wrestling in high school under head coach Brian Bowker where she was an All-American, and went on to achieve Olympic-Caliber status for Team USA by participation at the World Freestyle Wrestling Championships in 2007, 2012, and 2015. At the 2015 World Championships, Jaynes won the bronze medal for Team USA in women's freestyle wrestling.
"I am incredibly grateful for the investment Delaware Valley has made to build a women's wrestling team and even more thankful to be the person selected to lead the way. I am encouraged by athletic director Dave Duda's interest in the success of this program and look forward to collaborating with their already successful men's organization. "
Today Jaynes resides in Somerset, New Jersey with her family and is a volunteer coach with the New Jersey Girls National Team. She also runs a girls wrestling store at ljwrestlinginc.com. You can reach Leigh Jaynes at Leigh.Jaynes@delval.edu or 215-489-2356.