Jason Moorman
Jason Moorman
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 423-652-6346
Email: jdmoorman@king.edu
Year: 10th Year

Jason Moorman added another line to his title when he took over the men's wrestling program in 2014-15 while still leading the nationally known King women's wrestling program. In 2016-17, Moorman and his staff coached two All-Americans on the men's side while winning two more national titles on the women's side.

2016-17 was a memorable year for wrestling as King had their first wrestler compete at the Olympic Games when Haley Augello competed for the United Stated in Rio. King then went on to win their fourth straight NWCA National Duals title in January and followed that with their fourth WCWA national title a month later. King had nine All-Americans and three individual national champions at the WCWA National Championships. In June, the Tornado were recognized with a Champion Within award from the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, earning the "Champions As Pioneers" distinction. Moorman also earned his 100th career win when King defeated Life in the quarterfinals of the NWCA National Duals.

For the men, 2016-17 was another improvement, qualifying two wrestlers for the NCAA National Championships, Bryce Killian for the second straight year and Dustin Kirk. Both wrestlers took runner-up finishes at the Super Region II Championships to qualify for the national championships. Kirk came home with a third place finish, the highest finish ever by a Tornado, while Killian finished seventh to give King two All-Americans. With those two finishes, King finished 21st in the country.

As they were for the previous two years, the Tornado were ranked atop the WCWA poll for the entirety of the 2015-16 season, and they lived up to the billing, taking their third straight NWCA National Duals and WCWA national championships. As they did the season prior, King took on second-ranked Oklahoma City in the NCWA National Duals championship bout, and the Tornado avenged an early season loss to the Stars with a 27-19 victory to take their third straight title. A month later, King duplicated the feat, winning their third straight WCWA national championship, defeating second play Oklahoma City by 17.5 points. King had 11 All-Americans and Marina Doi, Samantha Klingel and Forrest Molinari also took home individual national titles.

Following the collegiate season, King had 13 former or current wrestler compete at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, the second most competors of any school, which included men's teams. Alli Ragan finished runner-up at 58 kilograms while Haley Augello won the championship at 48 kilograms and later qualified for the 2016 Olympic Games with a runner-up finish in Mongolia.

The Tornado men continued to improve in 2015-16 and sent their fifth wrestler in program history to the NCAA Wrestling Championships. Bryce Killian became the first Tornado to qualify for the event since four wrestlers did in 2012-13. Killian posted a record of 30-5 and finished third at the regional to qualfiy for the national championships. Andrew Lutterloh came up just short of a trip to the national championships, finishing fifth at the regional. 2015-16 was also King's first year as members of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) as they were inaugural members. Killan and Luttherloh both earned all-conference honors while Killian earned wrestler of the month honors on Febraury 4. Lutterloh was also selected D2Wrestle.com Region Wrestler of the Week on November 17.

On the women's side were again ranked #1 in the WCWA Preseason Coaches' Poll and they stayed there all season long. The Tornado cruised their their second straight NWCA Nataional Dual championship, defeating #2 Oklahoma City 24-17 in the finals. One month later, King again repeated, this time at the WCWA National Championships. King had four individuals take national championships and 13 earned All-American honors whil the Tornado had the team title wrapped up before the championship matches started. The Tornado posted 269 points, obliterating the second place team by 73 points en route to their second straight WCWA national championship.

Since the program’s inception in 2009, Moorman had not only laid the foundation for but built King women’s wrestling into one of the most recognizable and successful programs in North America and the world. In the past two years, Moorman led the nation's preseason top-ranked team, bringing the program to even higher heights in 2013-14. The Tornado captured their their first WCWA (Women's Collegiate Wrestling Association) national title in 2013-14, including four individual national champions. Just two weeks before their WCWA national title, Moorman led the Tornado to their first NWCA National Duals Championship. Haley Augello, Sarah Hildebrandt, Amanda Hendey and Julia Salata all won individual titles while Marina Doi, Hanna Grisewood and Jessi Kee all taking second.

On the men's side, King earned three wins in dual matches as they faced a tough schedule. Two of those wins came back-to-back at the end of the season, topping Belmont Abbey 34-15 and coming back from 21-6 down to win at Limestone 22-21. At the NCAA Regional, King placed 11th and were led by Landon Reed who finished sixth, leaving him one spot short of advancing to the NCAA National Championships.

In 2014, the Tornado were unstoppable as they were ranked #1 for the second straight year in the preseason poll, and remained their all season long. King won all five of their duals throughout the season, including three straigth victories at the NWCA National Duals Championship to take their the title, their first since the inception of the program in 2009. They defeated defending WCWA national champion Simon Fraser University 21-19 in the finals to take the title. Only two weeks later, King captured yet another national title, the illusive WCWA crown. The Tornado trailed nemesis Oklahoma City University going into the finals, but King came storming back with six women in the finals. Haley Augell, Sarah Hildebrandt and Alli Ragan all captured titles at their respective weight classes before Julia Salata capped the team title with a 5-1 decision over her competitor from Oklahoma City. In all, four Tornado captured individual titles, two finished as runners-up, 14 were named All-Americans and Moorman was named WCWA Coach of the Year.

King was the preseason #1 ranked team in 2013 with hopes of claiming their first national title in their own gym at the WCWA National Championships. However, King came up just short, finishing in third place. The Tornado had a school record 14 individuals earn All-American status while Alli Ragan and Kat Perez both won individual national titles. King also earned the WCWA Team Scholastic award for the second straight year and Victoria Nguyen was named the 2013 Scholar Athlete.

In 2012 Moorman and the Tornado reached new heights of success after much of the previous year’s roster returned and a few new faces help guide the team to its highest WCWA ranking in its history, topping out at No. 2 overall. King hosted the 2011 WCWA National Championships and gave the hometown crowd a finish to cheer for as they watched Emily Martin (109 lb.) and newcomer Krista Revelle (136 lb.) win national championships in their respective weight classes while two more were crowned runners-up. The Tornado finished second overall as a team, their highest finish at Nationals ever.

Moorman watched as senior Emily Martin was awarded the 2011 WCWA Wrestler of the Year honor, the highest accolade in women’s collegiate wrestling. Thirteen of his wrestlers were named WCWA All-Americans following the National Championship, one was named to the WCWA Scholar-Athlete Team, and King was recognized with a WCWA Team Scholastic Award.

The team’s successes continued to pour in after the 2011 collegiate season as six qualified for the 2012 Olympic Trials, held in Iowa City, Iowa. Three were named to the World Junior team to represent the United States after taking first place at the Body Bar National Championships. Three more were named to the U.S. Junior Pan-Am team where two took home a gold medal at the games held in Guatemala in June 2012.

In just its first season of existence, King made a statement by finishing 10th at the 2009 WCWA National Championships and had three team members named All-Americans under Moorman. In 2010, he helped train the College’s first-ever national champion in Marina Lambert (197 lb.). Under his guidance, Lambert did not surrender a single point in her undefeated, championship-winning season and th Tornado finished fourth at the 2010 WCWA National Championships. He also helped train Alli Ragan toward a Body Bar National Tournament victory to secure her spot on the United States Junior World Team and earn the College’s first World medal, earning the bronze at 63 kg (139 lb.).

Moorman joined the King Men's Wrestling staff as an assistant coach in 2007. Moorman joined his younger brother, Nate, who had been named to head the new program the in 2006. After just two years at King, Moorman helped the program meet early success coaching four All-Americans including one national finalist at the NAIA National Championships. The Tornado reached a team ranking as high as 13th in the country and finished in the top-10 academically.

He began his coaching career establishing a program at Union County High School (Maynardville, Tenn.) in 2000.  In a short time, Moorman was able to coach two Tennessee state champions, one finalist and two additional state medalists.

After coaching at Union County, Moorman moved on and took the reigns as head coach at Farragut High School (Knoxville, Tenn).  Though Moorman spent only one season there before making the transition to coaching at the college level, he was able to leave a mark coaching three state medalists in 2007.

Moorman made his transition to the collegiate ranks by becoming an assistant coach at his alma mater, Carson-Newman College for two seasons. While with the Eagles he focused on C-N’s recruitment efforts.

A graduate of Carson-Newman, he has spent time over the last 11 years as a technician and counselor for prominent college and national camps. He resides with his wife Amanda and daughters Blakley (4) and their most recent addition Mackenzie Jo in Chuckey, Tenn.