GREENSBORO, N.C. — Greensboro College will offer women’s wrestling as a varsity intercollegiate sport beginning in Fall 2020. It will be the first college or university in North Carolina to do so.
The proposal was approved Feb. 12 by President Lawrence D. Czarda, Ph.D., on the recommendation of Robin Daniel, interim director of athletics.
“This is a great opportunity for young women wrestlers, especially in the state of North Carolina,” said head wrestling coach Kevin Birmingham, who will coach both the men’s and the women’s teams. “The sport is really taking off at the high-school level, and where are those women going? I want them to come to Greensboro College.”
Greensboro College, which competes in the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Division III, began its men’s wrestling program in 2015. Costs to add a women’s team will be minimal, with space and equipment already on hand. Division III schools, typically among the smallest, do not offer athletic scholarships.
The NCAA has designated women’s wrestling as an “emerging sport,” one that it recognizes but for which it does not yet have sanctioned championships. Women’s wrestling has been an Olympic sport since 2004.
Birmingham wrestled collegiately at Division I Davidson College, where he tallied 54 wins and 34 pins and qualified for the 2014 national tournament.
Greensboro College provides a liberal arts education grounded in the traditions of the United Methodist Church and fosters the intellectual, social, and, spiritual development of all students while supporting their individual needs.
Founded in 1838 and located in downtown Greensboro, the college enrolls about 1,000 students from 29 states and territories, the District of Columbia, and seven foreign countries in its undergraduate liberal-arts program and four master’s degree programs. In addition to rigorous academics and a well-supported Honors program, the school features an 17-sport NCAA Division III athletic program and dozens of service and recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.greensboro.edu