OKWU has named Tom Carr to lead the wrestling program following his five-year tenure at Central Christian College.
In April 2015, Central Christian College made the decision to add the sport of wrestling and named Tom Carr as the head wrestling coach. In the years since, Carr has laid the foundation for a program that celebrates Christ, both through the athletes' dedication on and off the mat and their dedication to the community the college serves. In the five years Carr has been at the helm for the Tigers, his wrestlers have shown consistent growth in the classroom and on the mat. During his first year as the Tigers' head coach, Carr led Devontae Fitzgerald to become the first Tiger athlete to compete at an NAIA tournament, and he has placed eight athletes at the Sooner Athletic Conference tournament since its inception.
Carr has an impressive resume in the 12 years since he graduated from Muskingum. He got his start in the coaching profession at Land O'Lakes High School in Florida. There, he served as head coach of a 35-person team that had three state qualifiers, one state champion, and three AAU All-Americans. From there, he moved on to become an assistant coach at Central College in Pella, Iowa. He spent a year at Central College and then took a position as an administrative assistant with the wrestling program at Michigan State. After two years with the Spartans, Carr became a full-time assistant at NCAA Division I Bucknell University. At Bucknell, Carr guided five nationally ranked wrestlers, three All-American finishers, and six NCAA Division I qualifiers.
After a three-year stint with the Bison, he was hired as an assistant coach at Minot State University, a NCAA Division II school in Minot, North Dakota, where he helped start a program from scratch. During his time with the Beavers, Carr earned a spot at the National Wrestling Coaches Association and with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Leadership Academy. In 2013, Carr joined the George Mason wrestling staff as an assistant, and coached there for four seasons. While at Mason, Carr coached Four NCAA Qualifiers and was responsible for Heavyweight Jake Kettler. George Mason hosted the NWCA All-Star Classic, won ten matches, and defeated a Big Ten program for the first time in program history.
A graduate of Muskingum College, Carr is a native of Tampa, Florida. In his free time, Carr enjoys traveling and reading.