BRISTOL, Tenn. – Over the past eight years, Nate Moorman has laid a solid foundation for the King University men's wrestling program. Moorman announced last week that he has accepted the position of director of athletics at Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, Ga.
"King has been an amazing place to work." Moorman stated. "I've been fortunate to have had the opportunity to build a competitive program from scratch and leave it in a position where it should have sustained success in the future. I've been blessed to have formed so many great relationships both professionally and personally. I will deeply miss being part of King University."
Under Moorman's leadership, King posted a winning record in dual meets and the Tornado were a top-10 team while King was an NAIA member. King had seven NAIA All-Americans under Moorman before the university transitioned to NCAA Division II membership in the 2010-11 season. Over the past four years in the NCAA, the Tornado reached a ranking as high as 11th. In all, 30 Tornado wrestlers qualified for an NAIA or NCAA national tournament under Moorman. His teams also performed well in the classroom, twice earning top-10 Academic All-American team honors and 15 individuals were named Academic All-Americans in either the NAIA or NCAA.
"Many of the characteristics that make King such a great place are already existent at Emmanuel College as well," Moorman continued. "The coaches are passionate, the administration is supportive, and their vision is exciting. I'm ecstatic about the opportunity to play a key leadership role in helping their athletic department continue to be successful."
For the past five years, Moorman has also provided valuable support to King's student-athletes as assistant athletic director, and been an engaged leader throughout the campus. He played a critical role in King's transition from NAIA to NCAA, and provided valuable leadership to the department during the period between athletic directors in 2010-11. In addition, he has regularly taught various courses and served as a faculty advisor to numerous students during his time at King.
The nationwide search to find the next King men's wrestling head coach will begin immediately.