Dylan Cottrell (Photo/Glenville State Athletics)
GLENVILLE, W.Va. -- The Glenville State College Athletic Department is pleased to announce the addition of wrestling to the list of Pioneer athletic teams, as well as the hiring of Dylan Cottrell as the head coach for the new team.
Cottrell comes to GSC after serving as an assistant coach at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island from 2017 - 2018. He also served as head coach of the Brown Wrestling Club.
He was the first Big 12 Champion at West Virginia University in wrestling, an Academic All-Big 12 team member in 2016 - 17, a two-time Dean's List honoree, a two-time wrestling team captain, and a three-time NCAA qualifier.
Cottrell graduated from WVU with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications Studies and is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Healthcare Administration from Marshall University. While earning his Masters, Cottrell has served as a coach for Cabell Midland High School.
The GSC wrestling program is set to begin competition during the 2020 - 2021 athletic season as a member of NCAA Division II and the Mountain East Conference.
"I am excited about the opportunity to bring back wrestling to Glenville State College and build a strong team culture from the ground up! I am looking forward to getting to work on the first recruiting class for the Pioneers and bringing future national champions to Glenville," said Cottrell. "This personally is an amazing opportunity for me to get closer to my hometown of Spencer, West Virginia - and in the process build Glenville State College wrestling into a powerhouse program. Go Pioneers!"
"We are extremely excited about Dylan leading our wrestling program," said GSC Athletic Director Jesse Skiles. "I truly believe we found the right coach and mentor to re-start and lead this program. Dylan has a great background in wrestling, from being the first Big 12 Champion for WVU to helping to coach at Brown University. We are happy and excited to have this Mountaineer joining our Pioneer Family."
Wrestling will return to GSC for the first time since 1974. It becomes the 20th varsity sport available to student-athletes at the institution. The Mountain East Conference hosted the first-ever conference championship in wrestling during the 2019-20 athletic season.
Glenville State College is a four-year, public school in Glenville in north-central West Virginia, north of Charleston and southeast of Parkersburg. Founded in 1872, GSC has an enrollment of approximately 1,800 students.