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Ex-West Liberty wrestler Brian Leggett returns to alma mater as assistant coach

Brian Leggett, former West Liberty wrestler, is now on the school's coaching staff
Brian Leggett, former West Liberty wrestler, is now on the school's coaching staff
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Brian Leggett, a former wrestler at West Liberty University, is coming back to his college alma mater to join the coaching staff, the West Virginia school announced Thursday.

A 2012 West Liberty graduate with a bachelor’s degree in social studies education, Leggett had spent the past two seasons as a graduate assistant coach for Waynesburg University, an NCAA Division III school in Pennsylvania. He worked for Yellow Jackets’ head wrestling coach Ron Headlee while working toward a master’s degree in technology integration in education, according to his biography as coach at the Waynesburg wrestling website.

As a member of the West Liberty Hilltoppers wrestling coaching staff, Leggett will work with Brian Davis as head coach, and Branden Hinkle as assistant.

Leggett wrestled for West Liberty from 2007-2011, where he was team captain for each of his last two seasons for the Hilltoppers. In 2008, he won a career high 22 matches. Leggett owns two career wrestling records at West Liberty, for the most reversals in school history (87), and most escapes, with 173.

Prior to coming to West Liberty as a student-athlete, Leggett wrestled for three years at Waynesburg Central High School in Pennsylvania. He then transferred to Parkersburg High School in West Virginia for his senior season. He went 25-9 with the Big Reds and was the runner-up at 130 pounds in the West Virginia Class AAA state tournament.

West Liberty University, a four-year public school, is located in West Liberty, W.Va., just outside Wheeling, between Pittsburgh and Columbus. The school was established as West Liberty Academy in 1837 -- a quarter-century before the state of West Virginia was admitted to the Union – to provide educational opportunities west of the Appalachian ridge, according to the school’s website. The Hilltoppers wrestling squad competes in NCAA Division II.

Arguably West Liberty’s most famous wrestler is Bobby Douglas. The African-American wrestling and coaching pioneer who went on to wrestle at two Olympics then serve as head coach at Arizona State and Iowa State grew up in nearby Bridgeport, Ohio. Douglas launched his collegiate career at West Liberty in the early 1960s, then transferred to NCAA Division I powerhouse Oklahoma State.

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