OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oklahoma City University has selected Nate Gomez as its men's wrestling head coach.
Gomez became a part of a national championship wrestling team in college and a state finalist in high school.
In 2019-20, five Stars earned all-American honors to equal their program-best number in the 2020 NAIA Championships. Oklahoma City (8-3) took eighth in the team standings and the eighth spot in the postseason national top 25. OCU secured its first conference championship in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference-Sooner Athletic Conference Championships behind six individual league champions.
"I'm excited to have Nate Gomez joining our staff to lead the Oklahoma City University men's wrestling team," OCU athletic director Jim Abbott said. "Nate has a comprehensive understanding of what it takes to succeed as a student, athlete and person in our program, and I have no doubt that he will contribute positively to the tradition of success that we enjoy in men's wrestling."
Gomez was a member of Central Oklahoma's 13th national championship team in 2001-02 and its national runner-up team in 1999-2000. Gomez held a starting position on the team for four years. During his prep days, Gomez snared Oklahoma Coaches Association all-state honors and a state runner-up finish at Yukon, Okla.
"I am excited to accept the position of head men's wrestling coach at Oklahoma City University," Gomez said. "This team is special with a great group of guys in the room. I am looking forward to getting to know these student-athletes better and do everything I can to help them succeed on and off the mat."
Gomez has been developing young athletes as a coach at Oklahoma Wrestling Academy. He has served as a representative for Fellowship of Christian Athletes, speaking with many wrestlers across the state. He has been a wrestling official in Oklahoma.
OCU produced an 11-5 record, two top-10 finishes, nine all-Americans and 16 national qualifiers the past two years under Sam Hazewinkel.
"Sam Hazewinkel has done an amazing job and has put this program in a position to achieve great things," Gomez said. "I want to continue to build on the foundation that he has set and keep the momentum going in the right direction."