Shaine Jaime, two-time NCAA All-American wrestler and coach on “The Ultimate Fighter” TV series, is now the full-time assistant coach at Cumberland University, the Lebanon, Tenn. school announced Tuesday.
Jaime joins the Bulldog’s coaching staff, working with head wrestling coach Todd Allen and graduate assistant Zeke Hunt. He replaces Andrew Nicola, who left Cumberland last month to join the coaching staff at California Baptist University in Riverside, Calif.
Mixed martial arts fans will recognize Jaime as having served as a coach for Team Miesha Tate during the 2013 season of the popular cable TV series "The Ultimate Fighter". He has also fought in professional MMA events.
In addition to that MMA coaching background, Jaime brings solid experience as a collegiate wrestler and coach to Cumberland. He was a two-time NCAA Division II All-American at Central Washington University, placing third twice during his career for the Wildcats.
Jaime launched his coaching career at the University of the Cumberlands, serving on the Kentucky school’s staff for four seasons. He helped the Patriots to third-place showings in the NAIA Championships in 2004 and 2005 and seventh place in 2006. He coached 15 All-Americans and a pair of national champions at UC while also leading workouts and drills as well as supervising study sessions.
In addition, Jaime spent one season as an assistant coach at Grand Canyon University, at the time an NCAA Division II program that is now transitioning to Division I. While on staff at the Arizona-based school, Jamie assisted with training and road trips. He has a Bronze Level Certification for USA Wrestling and is also certified in First Aid and CPR.
Just last season, Cumberland placed third in NAIA competition at the 2014 National Duals. In addition, the Bulldogs came finished sixth in the team standings at the 2014 NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) Wrestling Championships, with a program-record three student-athletes – Zeke Hunt, Jake Williams and Cody Linton – all earning All-American honors.