Report: Ohio's Lourdes University to add women's wrestling

Lourdes University just outside Toledo will be adding a women's intercollegiate wrestling program starting in the 2020-21 school year, according to a report at, a website devoted to covering women's collegiate wrestling.

The website also reports that Lourdes will be the first NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) school in Ohio to offer women's wrestling.

"Women's wrestling is moving quickly and growing fast on the NAIA scene," Janet Eaton, Lourdes Athletic Director, told "Lourdes athletics is a place where all can be successful. We welcome diversity and inclusion while being the first to break down barriers with stereotypes in a healthy environment. The addition of the sport aligns with the goal and mission of both athletics and the university as a whole."

Lourdes University in the process of seeking a head coach for the new women's wrestling program. Candidates who wish to be considered may send their resume, cover letter and contact information for three references direct to the school at

Located in Sylvania, Ohio just outside Toledo, Lourdes University is a four-year, private university affiliated with the Roman Catholic church. Founded in 1958, Lourdes has an enrollment of approximately 1,500 students. The new women's wrestling program -- along with the existing men's mat program, and all other intercollegiate sports -- will compete in NAIA.


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