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COSTA MESA, Calif. – Vanguard University Athletics is proud to announce the addition of Men’s Volleyball and Men’s Wrestling to campus beginning in Fall 2019, further increasing the opportunity for student-athletes to continue playing the sports they love at the intercollegiate level while pursuing an undergraduate degree. The mission of Vanguard University is to pursue knowledge, cultivate character, deepen faith, and equip each student for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service.

“We are excited to bring men’s wrestling and men’s volleyball to Vanguard University and the Orange County community,” stated Director of Athletics Jeff Bussell. “Being located in one of the greatest regions for wrestling and men’s volleyball, we are prepared to offer student-athletes the opportunity to continue their athletic career while earning their college degree with a Christ-centered perspective. In speaking to the community on both of these new sports, there has been a great deal of enthusiasm already.  We look forward to investing and having a transformational impact on each student-athlete that comes through Vanguard University.”

The campus is buzzing for the return of men’s wrestling, a program with a storied history including giving the gym the nickname “The Pit.” From 1972-75, the SCC Vanguards won three consecutive NAIA District III Championships. The 1975 wrestling team went 20-0 in the season, pushed a win streak to 35 straight victories, sent six members to the NAIA National Championships in Sioux City, Iowa and saw Paul LeBlanc earn fourth place in the 142-pound weight class. This success earned the 1975 wrestling team induction into the Vanguard Athletics Hall of Fame in 2007.

Vanguard will now be the first four-year college in Orange County to offer wrestling, creating the first opportunity for the 245,000 male high school wrestlers in the US to compete at the collegiate level in our region. There are 11,000 high school programs and a total of 22,000 male wrestlers in California, the largest total of any state.

The Lions men’s volleyball team will join the GSAC conference as the second NAIA school in Orange County with a program, and the fourth in California. Over 34% of the 61,000 high school student-athletes originate from The Golden State.

The addition of men’s wrestling and men’s volleyball begin next academic year, with both squads starting NAIA competition in spring 2020. The interviewing and hiring of both coaching positions will commence this month and the recruiting process for both teams will begin immediately. For more information on the application process for both head coaching positions, please visit Human Resources. Prospective student-athletes may begin their application process now through Undergraduate Admissions.


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