King announces staff changes

Photo credit: Jim Thrall
Photo credit: Jim Thrall

BRISTOL, Tenn. - King University Director of Athletics David Hicks has announced that Jason Moorman has stepped down as head men's wrestling coach, and Deral Brown has been hired to replace him. Moorman will remain in place as head women's wrestling coach, and will also assume the role of head bass fishing coach.

"Jason has done a phenomenal job the past five years leading our men's wrestling program," said Hicks.   "He has not only elevated the performance of the team on the mat but has brought increased accountability in the classroom and community,"

After a three-year stretch with no national qualifiers, under Moorman's leadership, King produced seven national qualifiers and four All-Americans in five years. During that time, the Tornado also achieved multiple national rankings, climbing as high as 19th in the 2017-18 season.

"I am very thankful for the opportunities I have had here at King University both past and present," said Moorman. "Both of these wrestling programs hold a special place in my heart."

"In making this decision it was important to me that the right person to take over the direction of the men's wrestling team, and I am extremely confident we have found that person in Deral Brown," Moorman continued. "I am proud to continue to focus on our women's program, and to keep building a culture of excellence on and off the mat." 

During this time, Moorman also led the women's program to national success, winning three WCWA and NWCA national championships, their fourth overall under Moorman's tutelage. The program also produced 20 individual WCWA national champions, and in 2016 Haley Augello competed at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janerio.

"Under Jason's leadership, both our men's and women's programs had tremendous success," Hicks continued. "I stress to our staff the significance of work/life balance, and the importance of family. Coaching two programs with concurrent seasons was undoubtedly placing a strain on Jason's personal and family life, and this is a great move for him and his family."

Moorman, an avid tournament fisherman, will assume leadership of King's bass fishing team in the fall. Moorman has been fishing competitively for many years and has won several tournaments. 

"I am extremely excited to take this new journey leading our bass fishing team," said Moorman. "I have a strong passion for competitive bass fishing, and I am proud to help create opportunities for young anglers to pursue their dreams in this sport."

The press release announcing Deral Brown as head men's wrestling coach can be found here.