McGuire Tapped for Men’s Wrestling Post at Shenandoah University

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By: Scott Musa, Associate AD


WINCHESTER, Va. – Shenandoah University Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Dr. Bridget Lyons announced Tuesday that Tim McGuire has been hired as the university’s first-ever head men’s wrestling coach.

McGuire comes to Shenandoah after serving as the Head Assistant Coach at the University of Chicago for six years. He helped mentor four NCAA Division III All-Americans, five national qualifiers and five Academic All-Americans in his final five seasons at the school.

The Maroons also were annually ranked in the top 25 and he was part of a staff that earned UAA Coaching Staff of the Year accolades in both 2018 and 2019.

Prior to his time at Chicago, McGuire was the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator at Wilbur Wright College from 2010-2012.

The Chicagoland native is tasked with building Shenandoah University’s 22nd intercollegiate athletics program from the ground up with a goal of beginning competition in the fall of 2020. The university announced in late September that it was adding men’s wrestling to its athletics offerings.

“Since we are starting a program from scratch, we had to make sure that our first coach would be equipped to handle the task of building a program,” Dr. Lyons said.

“Tim is more than prepared to build our program. He was a successful collegiate wrestler and has been a DIII assistant for one of the top programs in the nation.

“We were so impressed with his vision when we first met with him and knew that he was the perfect person to get us started.

“We would like to welcome him and his family to the Northern Shenandoah Valley and our community.”

McGuire also has experience with youth and international wrestling, having founded wrestling clubs in both Chicago and Milwaukee for youths aged six through 12 while serving as the national team coach for Barbados since 2015.

He wrestled at 141-pounds at Marquette from 1998-2001 and graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Marquette in 2017.

“I want to thank Dr. Lyons and the university administration for entrusting me with this responsibility,” McGuire said. “I can already tell that Shenandoah University is a special place, and I am very happy to build our 22nd intercollegiate athletics program.

“The support has been unbelievable so far and I can’t wait to get started.”

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