Brandon Crawford has officially been named the new wrestling head coach, as announced by Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics Mark Shook on Monday.
“We could not be more excited to welcome Brandon and his family to our team,” said Mark Shook. “Crawford showed us in the recruiting and interview process that he was who we needed in this next chapter of our young program. His wrestling background and training, along with his service to our country in the United States Army, has given him all the tools he needs to take this program to the next level.”
Crawford comes to Kentucky Wesleyan after three years at Clay High School in Green Cove Springs, Florida. While at Clay, Crawford coached and developed multiple state champion wrestlers for the winningest high school wrestling program in the state of Florida. Crawford has both is Copper and Bronze USA Wrestling Coaches Certification, along with a Masters of Science in Kinesiology from Louisiana State, and a Bachelor of Science: Sports Management from Post University. During his 12-year stint in the US Army, Crawford held multiple titles such as Operations Supervisor, Recruiter, and Facility Manager. He earned six Army Achievement medals for performance and professionalism.
“I want to thank Mark Shook and the entire Kentucky Wesleyan faculty and staff for this great opportunity,” said Brandon Crawford. “My family and I are excited to continue building on an already strong foundation as our wrestling community is just an extension of our family. One of my favorite quotes is ‘To whom much is given, much is required’ (Luke 12:48). Kentucky Wesleyan has given me the opportunity to live that quote on a daily basis and I expect nothing less from my wrestlers or myself. Through strong recruiting, tireless effort and commitment, we are going to build this program into something great.”
Crawford will arrive on October 10th, which coincides with the opening of the new wrestling training facility and the start of official NCAA practice.
“We can’t wait to get started and are grateful to the guys on our roster who stayed with us this summer after the departure of Coach McCabe. All the guys, along with assistant coach Andrew Parker, are ready to move this program forward,” said Shook.