Coach hired to lead new men's wrestling program
Monaca, PA - Jeff Winkle has been hired as coach of the Penn State Beaver men’s wrestling team which begins its first season this fall.
Winkle is a graduate of Hopewell High School where he was a member of the wrestling team. He has remained active in Hopewell’s wrestling program for thirteen years. Winkle holds a master’s degree in strategic leadership from Mountain State University and a bachelor’s degree in human resources from Geneva College.
"I look forward to the challenges and opportunities provided with starting a new wrestling program," Winkle said. "Western Pennsylvania and the tri-state area have significant wrestling talent from which to draw, and the new program should be a great fit with the Beaver campus Athletic Department."
Wrestling is Beaver's eighth varsity sport. Others are baseball, softball, volleyball, men's soccer, women's soccer, men's basketball, and women's basketball.
"The addition of wrestling will provide more opportunities for student-athletes to continue their careers while attending Beaver campus,” Chancellor Gary B. Keefer said. “We believe men’s wrestling will generate significant interest in southwestern Pennsylvania."
“This is another positive step as we continue to move our athletic program forward,” said Andy Kirschner, athletic director. "In the past several years, we’ve experienced major growth in our varsity and intramural sports, and we’ve joined the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA). We have a very strong program."