Britney Gadd has been named head women's wrestling coach at Tiffin University.
Gadd has served as the head women's wrestling coach at Brewton-Parker College in Georgia since 2015. Prior to that, Gadd completed two years as a volunteer assistant for the women's wrestling team at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky. She also recently had the opportunity to coach the Pennsylvania National team at the Fargo Junior and Cadet National Championships in Fargo, North Dakota.
She wrestled at the University of the Cumberlands and was a dual sport athlete, earning All Conference and All-American honors in both women's soccer and women's wrestling (2008-2013). She was a two time All-American in the WCWA (Women's Collegiate Wrestling Association) and earned a ranking of 5th on the Olympic ladder for USA wrestling. She competed at the Dave Schultz Memorial International tournament, the US Open, and World Team Trials. Coach Gadd was a member of the National Championship team in 2008 for UC. She trained and earned victories on multiple occasions at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO.
Coach Gadd earned her undergraduate degree as a double major in Exercise Sports Science and Public Health from The University of the Cumberlands. She also holds a Master's degree in Special Education from UC.
"It is an exciting opportunity to further my career at the next level," said Gadd. "TU has the resources to make an impact in the women's wrestling world. The sport has grown immensely nationally and the NCAA is starting it as an emerging sport. This is a great opportunity to be the face of women's wrestling in Ohio. Now Ohio women's wrestlers have an opportunity they didn't have before. It provides more northern schools a chance to compete."
Women's wrestling will be TU's 13th women's sport. The women's wrestling team, which will host matches in the Gillmor Student Center, will compete as an emerging sport in the NCAA. Tiffin University will compete in the Women's Collegiate Wrestling Association. The WCWA serves as the governing body for women's college wrestling as it grows as an emerging NCAA sport. There are 30 college teams that are current members. The league follows International Freestyle Rules.
"We did a national search and Gadd impressed everybody on our campus with her knowledge, work ethic, and integrity to the sport as well as the development of young wrestlers," said Athletic Director Lonny Allen. "We are excited to welcome her to the Dragon family."
"We're also excited to be the first school in Ohio to offer women's wrestling. We anticipate that with the background we have with the men's program and the impact we have had on area wrestling that we can have an even bigger impact with women's wrestling. We are very happy that we can provide women's wrestlers an opportunity to compete at a higher level in the state and receive an incredible education."