BRISTOL, Tenn. – After making a splash at the 2012 WCWA National Championships and Body Bar Junior Women's Championships, King College Women's Wrestling head coach Jason Moorman has been selected to assist in the coaching effort for the U.S.A. FILA Women's Junior World Wrestling team.
Moorman will join the staff to help coach the 2012 U.S.A. Women's Junior World Team which featured Lady Tornado grappler Alli Ragan, last year. The 2012 FILA Junior World Championships will be held in Pattaya, Thailand from Sept. 4-9.
"This is a big honor," said King Women's Wrestling head coach Jason Moorman. "It is vital for our college programs to have a strong and positive working relationship with USA Wrestling to help our athletes compete at the World level. I am excited to see how I can be a part of a process that will help mold our athletes into world class wrestlers and further my coaching career."
The third-year head coach was among a large pool of applicants that submitted interest in coaching one of the United States teams that will be competing in international competition over the next four months. Applicants are asked to rank, in order, what team they would prefer to coach before submitting their application. Once applications are collected, a hiring committee is formed and nominates their suggestion allocation of coaches to the USA Wrestling Board of Directors, who then may approve or deny the allocations.
Moorman indicated his first preference was to work with the women's Junior World team and is pleased that he was selected to be a part of the coaching staff.
"This [Women's Junior World Championship] is one of the most important events for the development of our future wrestlers," said Moorman. "Most of these wrestlers will move onto the Senior World team or the Olympics as they grow."
Moorman will join a World Team staff led by Izzy Izboinikov, a renowned wrestling coach in the United States at multiple levels. Izboinikov served 10 years as the head wrestling coach at Yucca Valley High School, where he had a conference dual meet record of 42-1 and a 160-34 overall record during his tenure. His teams were conference team champions nine times, with 62 individual conference champions. Yucca Valley won the sectional title four times, with 15 individual champions and 45 placewinners. He has been active with California USA Wrestling as a state level coach in 2004, as well as a developmental coach with the Inland Empire Wrestling Association since 1998.
"I knew even before I was named that we [King] had a strong chance of several wrestlers making the [Juniors World] team and a stronger chance of WCWA wrestlers from other programs that I am familiar with to make that team and I wanted to work with those athletes," said Moorman.
With him, Moorman will take three members of the King women's wrestling team who won their respective weight class brackets at last week's Body Bar Women's Championship. Ragan will return in the 63 kg for a second chance to medal after taking the bronze medal last year. Sarah Hildebrandt (55 kg) and Julia Salata (72 kg) will also represent King and the United States at the Junior World Championships.
The Junior World Championships is one of multiple circuits of international competition in the women's wrestling arena. The Female Wrestling World Cup, Senior World Championships, Junior World Championships, and Junior Pan-American Championships all comprise annual international competition in addition to the Summer Olympic Games. The Lady Tornado will send three additional wrestlers to the Junior Pan-American Championships, held in Peten, Guatemala from June 7-9, including Amanda Hendey, Kayla Bartosch, and Krista Revelle.
Ragan takes bronze medal at 2011 Junior World Championships – click here