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Jason Moorman, King University women’s wrestling coach, now men’s coach too

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Jason Moorman, head coach of the women’s wrestling program at King University, will be heading up the Tornado men’s mat program as well, the Bristol, Tenn. school announced Friday.

Moorman had been named interim head coach of men's wrestling July 28 after the previous coach, Nate Moorman, Jason’s younger brother, had accepted the athletic director position at Emmanuel College.

Jason Moorman has deep roots in both the women’s and men’s wrestling programs at King. He led the very successful King women's wrestling program since it was launched in 2009. The Tornado have finished in the top-3 at the Women's Collegiate Wrestling Association National Championships each of the last three years, most recently earning their first national title in 2014. Along with the WCWA national, Moorman also led King to their first National Wrestling Coaches Association National Duals women’s championship in 2014.

Prior to starting the women's wrestling program, Moorman joined the staff of the men’s wrestling program at King as an assistant coach in 2007, joining Nate Moorman who had been named head coach for the then-new program in 2006. After just two years at King, Jason Moorman helped the program meet early success coaching four All-Americans including one national finalist at the NAIA National Championships. The Tornado reached a team ranking as high as 13th in the country and finished in the top-10 academically.

Jason Moorman began his coaching career establishing a program at Union County High School in Maynardville, Tenn. in 2000. In a short time, Moorman was able to coach two Tennessee state champions, one finalist and two additional state medalists.

After coaching at Union County, Moorman moved on and took the reigns as head coach at Farragut High School in Knoxville, Tenn. Though Moorman spent only one season there before making the transition to coaching at the college level, he was able to leave a mark coaching three state medalists in 2007.

Moorman made his transition to the collegiate ranks by becoming an assistant coach at his alma mater, Carson-Newman College for two seasons. While with the Eagles he focused on C-N’s recruitment efforts.

In citing Jason Moorman’s varied experience, David Hicks, King University director of athletics said, "Jason is an accomplished coach with 14 years of coaching experience at the national and international level. He's coached state champions, national champions and medalists on the world stage. He possesses tremendous knowledge of the sport, is a great teacher of the sport, is dedicated to the development of the entire person and has demonstrated a commitment to the concept of student-athlete. I'm extremely excited about the future of both our men's and women's programs under Jason's leadership."

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