Alvernia Names Brazel Marquez As First Women’s Wrestling Coach
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Reading, Pa. (April 14, 2021) – Alvernia University Director of Athletics Bill Stiles announced on Wednesday the hiring of Brazel Marquez as the first head coach of Alvernia’s NCAA Division III Women’s Wrestling program.
Marquez joins the Alvernia staff following two years at Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, Georgia.
“Brazel’s experience coaching at some of the top of intercollegiate women’s wrestling programs in the country, along with her outstanding career as a student-athlete, immediately jumped her to the top of the list of candidates,” said Stiles. “Her passion, commitment to the student-athlete, and drive make her the perfect fit for Alvernia.”
At Division II Emmanuel College, Marquez was the assistant coach to a program that was ranked third in the NCAA. During her time at Emmanual, Marquez coached 13 All-Americans, two national champion runner-ups and a 2021 national champion. Marquez also coached two 2021 Olympic Trial qualifiers for this year’s Tokyo Olympics.
At Emmanuel, Marquez was tasked with recruiting and retaining 35 student-athletes for the program, as well as maintaining a 100% graduation rate.
Prior to her time at Emmanuel, Marquez was a volunteer coach during the 2016-17 season at Menlo College in Atherton, California.
Marquez is a 2016 graduate of Menlo College where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. During her time at Menlo, Marquez was a two-time Women’s College Wrestling Association (WCWA) All-American and was a four-year team captain.
“My goal for the Women’s Wrestling team [at Alvernia] is to facilitate a healthy environment for these young women to grow and prosper, to retain my athletes and ensure they graduate with their intended degrees, to train, mentor, and mold them while I have them here, and to help put these women on World and Olympic Teams,” said Marquez. “Lastly, I want to ensure that when they leave Alvernia that they give back to their communities, and have adopted a fighting spirit to go out and work to get what they want and deserve in this lifetime.”
Originally from Los Angeles, California, Marquez is a three-time National Champion and has been on Cadet World Teams and Pan-Am Teams. She was a three-time California State Champion while wrestling for Northview High School in Covina, California. She has 20 years experience wrestling nationally and internationally for California and USA Wrestling.
“I’m so extremely grateful to be a part of the Alvernia coaching staff,” said Marquez. “It’s exciting times adding another Women’s Wrestling team to the NCAA. I’m thrilled to have been a pioneer in the sport and part of the continued growth for Women’s Wrestling.”
“The Alvernia campus has so many beautiful aspects to offer, I can’t wait to share it with our incoming recruits,” added Marquez.”You can immediately feel the support of the Athletics Department as you step on campus, it’s an awesome thing to feel. I’m grateful Athletic Director Bill Stiles has chosen me to ‘Lead the Pack’ here at Alvernia and to be working alongside Men’s Head Coach Kriss Bellanca. Lastly, I want to give Glory to God for this opportunity to coach these women. Go Wolves!!”
Marquez begins at Alvernia immediately.
Women’s Wrestling will be Alvernia’s 30th NCAA Sport. Competition for Alvernia’s Women’s Wrestling program will get underway during the 2022-23 academic year.
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