Foster, Tanguma tapped to lead BBCC wrestling programs

BBCC Office of Communications

MOSES LAKE — The Big Bend Community College Athletic Department is excited to announce the hiring of two new head coaches tasked with bringing collegiate wrestling back to Eastern Washington.

Athletic Director Mark Poth announced Tuesday that the college had chosen Jose Tanguma and Ryan Foster to lead the men and women’s programs respectively. An important part of the decision was making sure that prospective hires had ties to local wrestling programs – which both coaches do.

“We believe that we have made two excellent choices to lead Big Bend’s wrestling program back into existence,” said Poth. “Both of these guys have solid wrestling backgrounds themselves, are former champions in their own right, and are embedded in the Columbia Basin wrestling scene. We hope to leverage their current relationships in an effort to build a successful program here at Big Bend.”

New men’s head coach Tanguma has been involved in wrestling locally since the year 2000. As a wrestler at Warden High School, he won state titles in the 103, 112, and 119-pound weight classes before continuing his wrestling career at North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene.

Tanguma has coached local wrestlers as part of the Warden middle and high school programs since 2013 and most recently spent the last year as the assistant wrestling coach at Moses Lake High School.

“I am very excited that Big Bend is bringing wrestling back to the Columbia Basin as a college sport and I am honored that I have been chosen to be the men’s head wrestling coach,” said Tanguma. “We are located in the perfect spot (Columbia Basin) for student-athletes around the area to continue furthering their education and to continue their passion for the sport of wrestling. I am looking forward to helping build a strong program for BBCC.”

A 2007 South Dakota State Champion, new women’s coach Foster also has an extensive background in strength and conditioning. The owner and head trainer at Fit Ephrata currently, he carries a certification from the United States Academy of Weightlifting and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Foster has served as the Strength, Conditioning and Wellness Director at Southern Virginia University and spent this past year as the head coach of the Ephrata Middle School wrestling team.

“I am grateful for this opportunity to help Big Bend incorporate women’s wrestling into its athletic program and look forward to working with them to achieve success both on and off of the wrestling mat,” said Foster.  “I have been part of wrestling from a young age and have been able to see many great wrestlers come and go, as well as have my own success.

“This area (Columbia Basin) has many great wrestlers that leave high school and are not able to continue wrestling because of little opportunity – especially in women’s wrestling. This addition at Big Bend will be so beneficial for these student-athletes to get the chance to have the complete college experience and further their careers, and now I get to be part of that!”

Both coaches plan to hit the ground running with recruitment of new wrestlers and hiring of staff. For more information about the wrestling program at Big Bend, please contact the Athletic Department at (509) 793-2225.

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