Jeremy Hernandez has been named the new head coach of the men’s wrestling program at University of Jamestown, the “Jamestown Sun” reported Friday, and confirmed in an interview with the new coach Saturday.
Hernandez takes the helm to fill the vacancy left when C.J. Campbell left the North Dakota school in early August after three seasons to become an assistant coach at Oklahoma City University. Tony DeAnda remains head coach of the women’s program, with Danyelle DeAnda as assistant coach.
A native of Colorado, Hernandez brings more than two decades of varied coaching experience to the Jimmies men’s wrestling program. Most recently, he had been on staff at the US Olympic Training Center for women’s freestyle wrestling, as well as girls’ head coach for USA Wrestling’s Team Colorado. Hernandez also has extensive high school wrestling coaching experience, as well as strength and conditioning expertise. In addition, Hernandez has worked as an assistant coach for the Off The Streets On The Mat program since 1992, and has served as coach and owner of J-WAY Wrestling since 2008.
University of Jamestown’s athletic director Lawrie Paulson spoke highly of Hernandez’s credentials.
“I feel fortunate that we found a coach of Jeremy’s caliber this late in the summer,” said Paulson. “I think we had multiple good candidates and feel that Jeremy will be a great fit for the University.”
“My education and wrestling expectations are high and we will work very diligently until those expectations are met,” said Hernandez. “Then we will raise our expectations even higher. I believe hard work leads to accomplishment and we will work as hard as possible to be the best we possibly can.”
University of Jamestown can claim a strong tradition in wrestling. In 1984 and 1985 the Jimmies placed second and third-place team trophies consecutively at the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) National Wrestling Tournament. The men’s program can claim four national champions and over 40 NAIA All-Americans.
Established in 1883 as Jamestown College, University of Jamestown is a private, four-year school located in Jamestown, N.D., in central North Dakota. According to the school's website, Jamestown has enrollment of 900 students.