Arelys VallesArelys received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise & Sport Science and Public Health from the University of the Cumberlands in 2017. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Science in Coaching from UC, which she will receive in August 2018.
Coach Valles is a two-time WCWA All-American for the University of the Cumberlands. This March she won the 2018 Bill Farrell International Open at 53 kilograms and qualified for World Team Trials. She has also competed at multiple senior level events: US Open, Dave Schultz Memorial International, Bill Farrell, and the Nordhagen Classic (Canada).
"I am looking forward to working at BPC to give the next generation of female wrestlers the opportunity to earn a college education while wrestling. I am looking forward to watching each of my athletes grow and develop into well rounded student athletes while helping them follow the path that God has provided for them," exclaims Coach Valles.
Athletic Director Daniel Prevett is excited about the future as well. "The opportunity to bring in a young coach who has had success on the mat at a national level and comes from one of the top programs in our conference is very exciting."
"Women's wrestling is a rapidly growing sport," states Arelys. "It is important to get the word out that girls now have the opportunity to get a college education while they compete in the sport they love. Since women's wrestling isn't well known, I'd like to educate others about our sport and get as involved with the BPC community as possible."
Coach Valles is looking forward to working in a Christian atmosphere. "I am excited to build a closer relationship with God. There is a reason why He put me on the path He did and I'm looking forward to seeing what else He has in store for me."
"I love being able to give back to others and give them the opportunities that I have been given. I enjoy watching athletes grow, develop and reach their goals just as I have," says Arelys.