VSN (admin) Posted on Friday, October 15, 2021 – 2:30 PM
St. Louis University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy welcomes August Wesley as head coach of the inaugural varsity wrestling program which will begin in 2022-2023.
Wesley comes to UHSP with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the sport of wrestling, including training, competition and promotion. More recently, he was representative of the USA Wrestling GRIT (Greco Roman Initiative Team). As a representative of the Central Region, he worked to promote, grow, inspire and develop the sport of Greco-Roman wrestling in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia.
Wesley’s coaching experience includes a successful four-year stint leading the club wrestling program at Iowa State University. While at Ames, Wesley led 27 National Qualifiers, four All-Americans, six Academic All-Americans and guided the Cyclones to a fifth place finish at the 2018 NCWA Nationals.
Prior to his stint at Iowa State, Wesley spent four years as a head coach at California State University-Sacramento from 2011 to 2015. He helped coach six National Qualifiers, an All-American varsity and was Named NCWA Conference Coach of the Year.
Wesley led 14 US teams in international competitions during his coaching career. His coaching efforts have taken him to 24 different countries on five continents. He has twice received the Outstanding Coach Award at competitions in Australia and Austria.
As an athlete, Wesley finished in the top 10 at the 2012 and 2015 world championships and competed in the 1996 and 2000 Olympic trials. He represented the United States on several international teams and was a six-time medalist throughout the year. throughout his wrestling career. Wesley has close ties to the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, having resided at the center during several training sessions and competitions.
Most recently, he attended the 2021 World Olympic Freestyle Training Camp in Sofia, Bulgaria.
UHSP Sports Director Jill Harter is excited that Wesley is starting to build the inaugural Eutectic Wrestling Program.
“Our new men’s and women’s wrestling program will be in good hands with Coach Wesley,” Harter said. “He brings with him extensive experience and relationships across the country that will benefit the new Eutectics teams.”
For his part, Wesley said he was honored to be named the first wrestling coach at the UHSP.
“I am honored to have the responsibility of creating a new program that supports both men and women,” Wesley said. “We have a dedicated administration and will seek to recruit athletes who are self-reliant, goal-oriented, and have a strong desire to succeed both on the mat and in the classroom.
This is the perfect opportunity to lead and develop our men and women to achieve their sporting goals. Our education plans and support for students provide them with the foundation for academic development. This combination of institutional strengths will make the University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy a prime location to prosper, mature and develop.
Wesley added that the new UHSP program will provide opportunities for varsity wrestlers at a convenient time in an area with strong wrestling roots.
“It is an exciting time for wrestling and new programs are emerging across the country,” Wesley said. “Here in St. Louis, we are right in the heart of the Midwest which is widely regarded as one of the most competitive places to participate. We will embrace this spirit as our first generation of eutectic wrestlers take part in the American Midwest Conference (AMC) and look to take the mat for the inaugural 2022-2023 season.”
Interested potential student-athletes should contact August Wesley at [email protected].
Health Sciences and Pharmacy Wrestling Conference Staff from the Midwestern United States