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King University wrestling head coach Moorman hires Ashford, Harrison to staff

King University assistant wrestling coaches JaVonte Ashford (left), Derek Harrison
King University assistant wrestling coaches JaVonte Ashford (left), Derek Harrison
Photos courtesy of King University, used with permission

One week after being named head coach of the men’s and women’s wrestling programs at King University, Jason Moorman has named JaVonte Ashford and Derek Harrison to his coaching staff, the Bristol, Tenn. school announced Monday.

Ashford will serve as the associate head coach, while Harrison is an assistant coach. Both coaches will work with both the men's and women's wrestling programs under the leadership of Moorman, who had been women’s coach at King since the program’s launch in 2009, and was asked to also take on the responsibility of guiding the men’s program as well.

Ashford and Harrison are familiar faces within the King wrestling program, both as Tornado wrestlers, and as staff members.

"I'm extremely pleased to have both of these coaches taking full-time roles in the wrestling program going into the season," said Moorman "The both have been at King since the start of the men's wrestling program and have a lot of knowledge to contribute in many aspects of the program."

JaVonte Ashford

Ashford was King's first All-American, having finished fifth in the 165-pound bracket at the 2008 NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) National Championships. After graduating from King in 2009, Ashford worked as a coach for two youth programs, then returned to King in 2010 to work as a coach, as well as in admissions.

"Feel blessed and honored to be named associate head coach here at King," Ashford said. "I'm excited to get started and help continue the success of our wrestling program."

Derek Harrison

Harrison was a four year starter for the Tornado men's wrestling team, and qualified for the NAIA National Tournament during his senior year of 2009. Following graduation, Harrison served as the men's wrestling graduate assistant, earning his Master's in Business Administration. After earning his MBA, Harrison was named King's strength and conditioning coach and coordinator of the weight room while volunteering as an assistant coach for the men's wrestling program for the last four years. Harrison also serves as the head coach of Team Tornado Wrestling K-12 Division. Along with his duties as assistant wrestling coach, he will continue to serve as the coordinator of the weight room.

"I appreciate the opportunity to continue to serve my alma mater and the wrestling program I have seen grow since the very beginning," said Harrison. "The King University wrestling programs have a bright future ahead of them."

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