"I am very excited for this opportunity for Travis and his family," Moorman said. "He is well deserving of this position, and I feel like is very prepared to step into a head coaching roll. I want to thank him for his contribution to our women's and men's program the past few seasons."
Mercado joined the King staff in December 2015 as an assistant for the Tornado men's program. In that first season he helped Bryce Killian qualify for the NCAA Division II National Championships, King's first national qualifier since 2012. In that season, King had two regional placers.
He then transitioned to the women's program prior to the 2016-17 season, helping lead the team Women's Collegiate Wrestling Association (WCWA) and National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) National Championships 2017, the fourth straight year King won both national titles.
"I would like to thank David Hicks, Jason Moorman, and the entire King University athletics staff for giving me the opportunity three years ago to join the school and wrestling program," said Mercado. "I'm thankful for all the athletes that I have been able to coach while here at King. Being in the corners of some the nation's best has been a great experience that I'll always treasure."
In his time on campus, Mercado helped coach four WCWA individual national champions and helped 16 Tornado earn WCWA All-American honors. Over the last two years, the Tornado were ranked in the top 10 of the WCWA poll in every week, including all five atop the poll in 2016-17.
"I wish the entire Tornado community the best as my family and I embark on this new endeavor. Thank you for making me feel just like family," Mercado finished.
Mercado's last day will be on Wednesday, May 16.