Since the program’s inception in 2009, Jason Moorman had not only laid the foundation for but built King Women’s Wrestling into one of the most recognizable and successful programs in North America and gaining popularity around the world. In just three short years, Moorman has groomed three National Champions and taken his team to as high as second overall in the Women’s Collegiate Wrestling Association (WCWA) while making the push to dethrone the sport’s perennial powerhouse. He now enters his fourth season with the Lady Tornado with hopes to achieving even more than he has already accomplished with a young and talented lineup.
Last season Moorman and the Lady Tornado reached new heights of success after much of the previous year’s roster returned and a few new faces help guide the team to its highest WCWA ranking in its history, topping out at No. 2 overall. King hosted the 2011 WCWA National Championships and gave the hometown crowd a finish to cheer for as they watched Emily Martin (109 lb.) and newcomer Krista Revelle (136 lb.) win National Championships in their respective weight classes while two more were crowned runners up. The Lady Tornado finished second overall as a team, their highest finish at Nationals ever.
Moorman watched as senior Emily Martin was awarded the 2011 WCWA Wrestler of the Year honor, the highest accolade in women’s collegiate wrestling. Thirteen of his wrestlers were named WCWA All-Americans following the National Championship, one was named to the WCWA Scholar-Athlete Team, and King was recognized with a WCWA Team Scholastic Award.
The team’s successes continued to pour in after the 2011 collegiate season as six qualified for the 2012 Olympic Trials, held in Iowa City, Iowa. Three were named to the World Junior team to represent the United States after taking first place at the Body Bar National Championships. Three more were named to the U.S. Junior Pan-Am team where two took home a gold medal at the games held in Guatemala in June 2012.
In just its first season of existence, King made a statement by finishing 10th at the 2009 WCWA National Championships and had three team members named All-Americans under Moorman. In 2010, he helped train the College’s first-ever national champion in Marina Lambert (197 lb.). Under his guidance, Lambert did not surrender a single point in her undefeated, championship-winning season and the Lady Tornado finished fourth at the 2010 WCWA National Championships. He also helped train Alli Ragan toward a Body Bar National Tournament victory to secure her spot on the United States Junior World Team and earn the College’s first World medal, earning the bronze at 63 kg (139 lb.).
Moorman joined the King Men's Wrestling staff as an assistant coach in 2007. Moorman joined his younger brother, Nate, who had been named to head the new program the in 2006. After just two years at King, Moorman helped the program meet early success coaching four All-Americans including one national finalist at the NAIA National Championships. The Tornado reached a team ranking as high as 13th in the country and finished in the top-10 academically.
He began his coaching career establishing a program at Union County High School (Maynardville, Tenn.) in 2000. In a short time, Moorman was able to coach two Tennessee state champions, one finalist and two additional state medalists.
After coaching at Union County, Moorman moved on and took the reigns as head coach at Farragut High School (Knoxville, Tenn). Though Moorman spent only one season there before making the transition to coaching at the college level, he was able to leave a mark coaching three state medalists in 2007.
Moorman made his transition to the collegiate ranks by becoming an assistant coach at his alma mater, Carson-Newman College for two seasons. While with the Eagles he focused on C-N’s recruitment efforts.
A graduate of Carson-Newman, he has spent time over the last 11 years as a technician and counselor for prominent college and national camps. He resides with his wife Amanda and daughters Blakley (4) and their most recent addition Mackenzie Jo in Chuckey, Tenn.