PATRICK TABBED TO BEGIN ACU MEN’S WRESTLING PROGRAM

Courtesy of Firestorm Athletics

Phoenix, AZ- Athletic Director Jeff Rutter is excited to announce the hiring of Travis Patrick as the new head coach of the Arizona Christian University Men’s Wrestling program.

Dr. Peter Dryer, Associate Athletic Director, stated, “We are excited for Coach Patrick to join the ACU Athletics staff and start our wrestling program.  Coach has a strong commitment to seeing his student-athletes thrive on campus, on the mat, and in their relationship with Christ.  He is a strong recruiter and has a good understanding of wrestling landscape in the NAIA, specifically on the west coast.”

Dryer continued, “Starting a collegiate wrestling program is a significant undertaking.  Coach Patrick is up for the task and will be a great ambassador for ACU and the wrestling program.  We look forward to seeing his positive influence on campus in the local wrestling community.”

Coach Patrick offered his thoughts on the new job, “I am tremendously excited to be joining the ACU athletic staff and am very grateful to Mr. Rutter and Dr. Dryer for entrusting me with the task of leading the brand new Firestorm wrestling program.  I look forward to building a program at Arizona Christian that develops young athletes into strong men of God who excel in the classroom and serve in their community in addition to competing for championships.

Patrick added, “There are so many talented wrestlers within the state of Arizona and I am thrilled we can offer an opportunity for them to continue their careers at the next level while staying in their home state.  It is obvious the work God has been doing in and through the ACU athletic department, I am humbled and grateful be able to join such a great staff”.

Coach Patrick has been coaching with Menlo College since 2015 when he was hired as an assistant wrestling coach and sports performance coach.  In 2017, he was promoted to associate head wrestling coach.  He was also a Fellowship of Christian Athletes Advisor at Menlo since 2017.

During his time at Menlo, he coached 18 NAIA National qualifiers, seven All-Americans, and his teams were ranked as high as number three in the NAIA.  In 2017, he coached Menlo’s first national champion since 2008.  In 2018, the team won the Cascade Collegiate Conference championship, had seven All-Cascade Conference wrestlers, and won the NAIA Buffalo Funds Five-Star Champions of Character Team Award.  The Oaks also had three Academic All-Americans and ten Academic All-Conference honors.

Prior to coaching at the college level, Patrick coached strength and conditioning at Kelso High School and Castle Rock High School in Washington as well as being a personal trainer with International Fitness and volunteer instructor with the YMCA in Oregon.

As an athlete, Patrick wrestled five years while at Southern Oregon and helped the team earn four top-five finishes at the NAIA National Tournament (2nd in 2012, 2013, and 2015, 4th in 2014). He was an NAIA National Qualifier, Western Regional Qualifier, and Academic All-American. While in high school, Coach Patrick was a four-time Washington State wrestling qualifier and was state runner-up in 2010.

Academically, Patrick earned his bachelor’s degree in health and physical education from Southern Oregon University in 2015 and a master’s degree in applied exercise science from Concordia University Chicago in 2017.

Coach Patrick and his wife, Tyler, recently married in August of this year.  The Patricks have some family living in the greater Phoenix area.

If interested in wrestling for Arizona Christian, please contact Coach Patrick at acuathletics@arizonachristian.edu or 360-749-1441.

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