Riggs leaves Ferrum as head coach of men’s wrestling
FERRUM, Virginia – Ryan Riggs has resigned his position as head men’s wrestling coach at Ferrum College in order to take the same position at Mount Union University in Alliance, Ohio. Riggs is from Perry Township, Ohio.
The Purple Raider wrestling team are a perennial ranked in the top 10 among their NCAA Division III peers and regularly compete for top honors in the tough Ohio Athletic Conference.
Riggs was hired at Ferrum in July 2016, where he immediately stepped in as an assistant men’s wrestling coach, as well as head coach of women’s wrestling that season. The following fall, Riggs stepped in to fill a cross-country head coach position, in addition to his wrestling mat duties. He was promoted to Associate Head Coach of Men’s Wrestling in July 2018 and then appointed to Head Coach of Men’s Wrestling in March 2020.
As Associate Head Coach, Riggs took over more day-to-day operations of the program, including recruiting, fundraising, practice development, and coordinating Ferrum’s social media presence in wrestling. masculine. He was instrumental in helping Ferrum organize the 2019 NCAA Division III National Wrestling Championships at the Berglund Center in Roanoke, Virginia. Riggs also helped the Panthers organize the Southeastern NCAA Regional Tournaments in 2017 and 2018. He served as tournament director for the Star City Classic, Southeast Duals and the Panther Open, all tournaments hosted by Ferrum.
In Riggs ‘first season as an assistant at Ferrum, the Panthers’ men won the NCAA Div. III Southeast Region, with Riggs winning the honors of Regional Assistant Coach of the Year. Ferrum sent three wrestlers to the NCAA tournament that season, including Logan Meister, who was a three-time NCAA qualifier, and Zack Beckner, who became the program’s first national finalist and NCAA finalist.
“Ferrum College and the Franklin County community have been wonderful to me,” said Riggs. “I will come back to this period with many fond memories and wish the Panthers every success for the future. I appreciate all of our student-athletes, coaches and staff who have helped the wrestling team achieve national recognition. Helping to build a program and forge strong relationships makes this decision difficult, but I’m excited to be returning home to Ohio as the Head Wrestling Coach at Mount Union University.
Ferrum won the Southeastern Wrestling Conference (SWEC) tournament titles every four years during Riggs’ tenure as assistant and associate head coach. He was named SEWC Assistant Coach of the Year in 2019. The Panthers have finished in the top 10 at a number of prestigious events, including the Pete Willson Invitational (2nd in 2017), the NWCA National Duals (8th in 2017). ) and the Open Citrus (2nd in 2019).
“We greatly appreciate all the work Ryan Riggs has done for Ferrum College and our wrestling program,” said athletic director John Sutyak. “He has been a valued presence in this department, serving as the head coach of our cross country and women’s wrestling programs, in addition to his primary roles as head coach and associate head coach of men’s wrestling. . Ryan’s hard work and dedication has been a major reason for the success of Ferrum College’s men’s wrestling over the past five years. On behalf of Ferrum, I wish Ryan the best of luck in his transition from Panther to Purple Raider.
Ferrum College will hold a press conference on Wednesday, June 9 at 3 p.m. to introduce their new men’s wrestling head coach. The press conference will take place inside the classroom on the lower level of the Hank Norton Center. Athletic Director John Sutyak will start with a few comments before introducing Ferrum’s third head coach of men’s wrestling.