Muskegon names Piccard as wrestling coach

Travis Piccard, former wrestler for The Citadel who has coached at his high school alma mater and at a wrestling training center, has been named the new head wrestling coach at Muskegon Community College, the two-year Michigan school announced this week.

Travis Piccard
Piccard replaces James Tietema, coach of the Muskegon Jayhawk wrestlers for the past five seasons, left the position to be able to spend more time with his family, according to a post on Facebook, saying, "Travis will keep it rocking!"

Piccard brings both on-the-mat and coaching experience to the wrestling program at Muskegon. A native of Allendale, Mich., Piccard compiled an impressive 202-3 record as a wrestler at Allendale High School, bringing home three Michigan state titles.

He then headed south to the Military College of South Carolina -- better known as The Citadel -- where he built a 118-31 record, placing 12th in the 157-pound bracket at the 2005 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in St. Louis.

Piccard launched his coaching career as an assistant at his high school alma mater. More recently, he has served as head clinician at Piccard Wrestling at The Center in Coopersville, Mich.

"Becoming head coach of Jayhawks means providing kids a resource to continue wrestling at the next level," said Piccard. "I am excited to do big things competitively and for the student athletes in their own lives through the great experiences in college."

A two-year public school, Muskegon Community College is located in western Michigan, about one hour northwest of Grand Rapids. Founded in 1926, Muskegon Community College has an enrollment of approximately 4,400 students.


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