Wayland Baptist University has announced the hiring of Johnny Cobb as head coach of its new men’s and women’s intercollegiate wrestling programs.
Cobb brings impressive credentials to the first intercollegiate wrestling program in Texas. He is a two-time Texas Coach of the Year while at Tascosa High School — a powerhouse program in Amarillo that counts 2000 Olympic gold medalist Brandon Slay as an alum. In addition, Cobb is a member of the Texas Wrestling Ring of Honor and the Texas chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
A native of Amarillo, Cobb was a three-time District Champion at Tascosa High in the mid-1960’s, losing only one high school match in three years of competition. He went on to wrestle at Oklahoma State University until injuries put a premature end to his collegiate wrestling career.
“We are extremely excited about what Coach Cobb brings to the position and to the university,” said Dr. Greg Feris, Wayland president. “His first hand knowledge of high school wrestlers and their coaches will be a big plus as we begin the recruiting process. I have no doubt that the Wayland teams Coach Cobb places on the mat will not only be a positive representation of the university but will also be a competitive force to be reckoned with from day one.”
At the introductory press conference, coach Cobb said, “Believe me, I know the difficulties involved in starting up a first-year program, but I’m going to ask the kids to set the goals right when they come in, and that bar needs to be high. If they don’t make some of those goals it’s going to be with an effort that they can live with the rest of their lives. Simply put, my philosophy is that we are going to strive for excellence here and we are going to do it with integrity.”
Located in Plainview, Texas, Wayland Baptist University announced in mid-October that it would be launching both men’s and women’s intercollegiate wrestling programs, the first in the state of Texas in decades. Founded in 1908, the school is located in the community of Wayland, in the high plains of Texas between Amarillo and Lubbock in the western part of the state, and is affiliated with the Southern Baptist church.
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