Paulina Biega Named First SHU Women’s Wrestling Head Coach
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FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Embracing its pioneering spirit, Sacred Heart University announced last fall that it would add the first varsity women’s wrestling program in New England. On Thursday, SHU named Paulina Biega as the program’s first head coach. She will be the first female NCAA Division 1 wrestling coach in the country.
A collegiate and international wrestler herself, Biega comes to the Pioneers after two seasons as the assistant coach at Campbellsville University. During the 2019-20 campaign she helped the Tigers win their second-straight national championship then CU repeated as national champs the following year. In addition, the Tigers were runners-up at the 2020 NAIA National Duals and back-to-back Mid-South Conference Champions.
“I feel very blessed and honored to be named the first head women’s wrestling coach at Sacred Heart University,” Biega said. “It has been a dream come true to be a part of an institution like this one and I will do my best to meet and exceed expectations.”
The 2019-20 title team dominated the Women’s Collegiate Wrestling Association Championships. A record-setting 13 CU student-athletes earned All-America honors, including a trio of individual national champions.
Sacred Heart will begin competition this fall as a member of the WCWA. With the addition of women’s wrestling, the Pioneers will have 34 varsity teams, including 21 for women.
“Paulina Biega is a champion in every sense of the word and is the epitome of a great leader,” SHU head coach John Clark said. “Coach Biega is going to do amazing things here at Sacred Heart University and I can’t wait to see what the women’s team is going to accomplish in the coming years.”
Prior to joining the staff at Campbellsville, Biega served as a student assistant at her alma mater, Missouri Valley College. She assisted with all facets of the program and was also a coach at the Takedown Inc. Wrestling Academy. In addition, Biega is a personal trainer and boot camp instructor.
“I plan to build this new team from the ground up and make it competitive and successful yet exciting to be a part of,” Biega added. “I wish for my future athletes to make long-lasting friends here and feel like this is their second home. I have had the privilege to be a part of a National Championship program and I intend to bring this team to the highest level with the support of the SHU family.”