Paul Reid, with multi-division experience as wrestler and coach, has been selected as head wrestling coach at Alfred State College, the amateur wrestling website d3wrestle.com reported Tuesday.
Reid, a wrestler at Coe College and an assistant coach at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater – both NCAA Division III programs – will be helpful as Alfred State is in the process of transitioning into NCAA Division III competition, according to d3wrestle.com. The wrestling program in upstate New York will be eligible for postseason competition in the 2017-18 season.
“I am very excited to join the Alfred State family and have the opportunity to be able to guide the student athletes on the wrestling team to having success both on and off the mat,” said Reid. “The transition to a DIII wrestling program is going to be both challenging and rewarding. I’m anxious to get onto campus and to start putting in all the hard work to make our team successful.”
Alfred State athletic director Dr. Kelly Higgins echoed that sentiment, saying, ““We’re excited to welcome Reid as our new head wrestling coach. He brings a strong background as a competitor, along with successful experience coaching and instruction at the Junior College, DII and DIII levels. He has a plan for success, along with desire and the work ethic we were looking for when it was decided to move forward with the full time position for the program, and he has me looking forward to working with him. I’m thankful for the feedback I received from former head coach George Porter regarding the future of the program and our candidates. We look forward to his continued assistance with the program as Coach Reid moves the program into our second year of NCAA competition.”
As Higgins pointed out, Reid brings multi-divisional experience on the mat and on the sidelines as coach. He wrestled at Division III Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, then launched a varied collegiate coaching career. Most recently, Reid served as the head assistant wrestling coach at Iowa Western Community College. While at the Council Bluffs, Iowa-based National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) wrestling program, Reid assisted the head coach in all aspects of the wrestling program. On top of his wrestling duties, Reid was the game management supervisor and taught in the sports science department.
Prior to Iowa Western, Reid was an assistant wrestling coach at the Division III University of Wisconsin-Whitewater from 2009-11. Before that, Reid was on staff at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, an NCAA Division II program, from 2008-09.
“My goals for the program are to get the wrestlers to buy into both my coaching philosophy and the process of getting better at something every day. We do that with a high level of effort and the outcome will not only be success on the mat but also in all areas of life.”