Dr. Jackie Paquette Named NWCA Deputy Director
Manheim, PA – The National Wrestling Coaches Association announced the hire of long-time University of Indianapolis administrator Dr. Jackie Paquette. Mike Moyer, the NWCA Executive Director, reported that Paquette would step into the Deputy Director role later this month. Paquette most recently served as Senior Associate A.D. & Senior Woman Administrator for Student Support and has been at the university for the past 15 years.
During her distinguished tenure at UINDY, Paquette served in many roles, most notably, with the wrestling program of which she had oversite, was the academic advisor, and served as the sport information contact. Paquette is no stranger to running events as she ran Division II’s premier event, the Midwest Classic. She also serves as the media coordinator for the NCAA Division II Championships and volunteers each year for the Indiana High School State Wrestling Championships. In addition, Paquette currently serves as the Vice President for Media Relations for the National Wrestling Media Association.
In her new role, Paquette will serve in many capacities, of note, she will be heading up the collegiate leadership groups for Division II, NAIA Women, NCAA Women, and will work to launch an NJCAA Women’s group. She will also be a dedicated advocate for the advancement of girls and women’s wrestling across the country.
Paquette earned bachelor degrees in Journalism and History, with a minor in Media Arts, from Butler University. She then achieved a master’s degree in Sports Administration from the University of Indianapolis and a doctorate of education in Sports Management from North Central University in June of 2021. She currently resides in Indianapolis.
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT JACKIE PAQUETTE:
There has been no project more important to us than helping grow our sport among young women athletes. Jackie Paquette has been at the forefront of that noble effort, and her vision, determination, and intrepid spirit embody all the core virtues of our ancient sport. Coaches lead by example, and by agreeing to become the first woman in our senior leadership team, she’s lighting a bright torch that we hope all our young athletes will see and emulate.
-Mike Moyer, NWCA Executive Director
We are thrilled to add Jackie Paquette to the senior staff of the NWCA. Jackie’s background as a senior athletics administrator, paired with her passion for wrestling, makes her the absolute best fit to help lead the NWCA to continue to support coaches and grow the sport of wrestling across all levels. Mike Moyer hit a home run on this hire.
-Kevin Ward, NWCA President
STATEMENT FROM JACKIE PAQUETTE:
The opportunity to serve the sport of wrestling in a full-time capacity is something I’ve dreamed of. I am so thankful to Mike Moyer, Pat Tocci and the rest of the NWCA staff for making this dream a reality. I cannot wait to get started and to contribute to this great organization and our great sport.