SALEM, Ore. -- Corban University director of athletics Twiggs Reed announced on Monday that Stryder Davis has been named the inaugural head coach of the Warrior women's wrestling program. Corban becomes just the fourth full-time member of the Cascade Collegiate Conference (CCC) to add the sport, with the squad's first season of competition slated for 2020-21.
"We are thrilled to introduce Stryder as the first-ever head coach of our women's wrestling team," said Reed. "Davis' knowledge of the sport and passion to mentor and train student-athletes is second to none, and he will be an outstanding person to kick-start this exciting new program at Corban University."
Wrestling became the conference's eighth official women's sport back in May, with the Warriors on the frontline of the rapidly-growing intercollegiate offering. Full-time CCC members Eastern Oregon, Southern Oregon, and Warner Pacific currently possess women's wrestling squads, while associate members such as Menlo, Simpson, Life Pacific, and Providence compete in the sport, as well.
Davis -- who also serves as an assistant men's wrestling coach alongside his brother Keegan Davis -- brings a wealth of experience to his new role at the helm of the women's program. A two-time NAIA National Champion (2004, 2005) as a wrestler at Montana State University-Northern, he was awarded Outstanding Wrestler honors at the 2005 national tournament.
One of many awards from his own wrestling career, Davis was also a two-time National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-American, and a second-place finisher at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. He spent time as a professional mixed martial artist, and possesses a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
As a coach, Davis spent 10 years instructing at the high school level, serving as the head wrestling coach at Silverton High School, South Salem High School, and assisting at Sprague High School. He also has experience coaching among the NCAA Division I ranks, coaching at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore.
"I'm excited to lead young wrestlers to athletic and academic honors at Corban University," said Davis. "Through the sport of wrestling, I hope to make a difference by producing strong women who can be an example of Christ in their communities and families."
A proud husband and a father of five, Davis is a personal trainer and owner of Grit Fitness, a local gym in Salem. He will begin his duties as head women's wrestling coach immediately.