For the last two years I have had the pleasure of wrestling for Pacific University in beautiful Forest Grove, OR. At the ripe, old age of 28 I came back to this sport and found a home here.
Sadly, we are in trouble. We have a very storied program that has had too many All Americans to list since we began all the way back in 1954. Legendary PNW coach Mike Clock helmed many of the best NAIA teams the northwest ever produced. Pacific has produced two Olympians as well, in Romelio Salas (1984), and Tela O'Donnell for the gals.
Today, the new athletic director tasked the few remaining wrestlers...just five of us...to step up and find a way to get people into that damn room. If we cant find a way to fill the roster the program will be dropped, and Pacific U wrestling will be gone forever. We are also looking for a coach in the near future. While personally I wasn't going to come back for another bid, I've thrown my hat in the ring and will be there again to put another body in that room.
We are looking for people that love this sport. People that take care if business in the classroom. We are an NCAA DIII sponsored program, so we offer strictly academic scholarships. We don't care if you're record isn't something that makes college coaches' heads turn. We are simply looking for go-getters. Kids that love the sport and want to continue. I'd rather have a team of 20 guys that beat the hell out of each other and get better than 50 state champs that whine and snivel. If you did have success in high school, fantastic! But don't think we aren't interested in you if were not a state qualifier. We just want to put bodies in the room and save this program.
I was there when they cut Yakima's program. I don't want to be here when they drop this one. We want men and women of all skill levels. Our women's program was ground breaking! We were one of the very first in the nation to offer the sport for female competitors. Our history is rich and full of national champions and All Americans. Many from Oregon.
I understand that with the pandemic scare things are weird. Our AD here believes we will back on campus and in action this coming fall. So come out and be an NCAA athlete, kick ass and wear that badge. Maybe if I offended you on the board back in the day you can send your athletes to come make me pay my debts.
Pacific is a truly beautiful campus with a fantastic wrestling facility. First rate education and the best optometry school and the west coast. Get in touch with me ASAP and let's work!
The head coach has resigned, so to the best of my knowledge we're needing one of those as well.
Call or email me any time day/night. email@example.com
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