Erin Vandiver Named Women's Wrestling Coach At Wyoming Seminary

Erin Vandiver Named Women's Wrestling Coach At Wyoming Seminary

Erin Vandiver has been named head coach of Wyoming Seminary's new women's wrestling team

Apr 13, 2017 by Wrestling Nomad
Erin Vandiver Named Women's Wrestling Coach At Wyoming Seminary
Wyoming Seminary has found a head coach for their new women's wrestling program: Erin Vandiver. The school announced the decision to add women's wrestling back in February, and said they will be starting with the upcoming 2017-18 school year.

"This is something that started years ago," Vandiver said of the new program. "We as a staff wanted to identify what was missing at the developmental level for our national team, and when Sem approached Terry Steiner, we were very supportive of the idea."

Vandiver (formerly Tomeo) has been the assistant National Team Coaches for USA Wrestling since 2009, and was a 2001 and 2006 world team member. She will be making the move from Colorado Springs to Kingston, PA to head up the new program. Vandiver brings years of experience training senior and age level athletes at the Olympic Training Center, as well as traveling around the world to coach in international events. She has coached at each of the past two Olympics and been to 15 world championships between senior level and age level.

Seminary has had one of the best high school teams in the country for the past several years, and has been able to put a number of athletes on age level world teams. There is currently no designated league for the Blue Knights female team, but they will primarily have freestyle events on their schedule.
I made the visit last Friday, and it quickly became clear this is somewhere the program can work. The culture and prestige of the school made it clear we would have the support we need to strive for excellence.
Scott Green, the head coach of the men's team, is also affiliated with Pennsylvania's state organization as a coach for Fargo, so it is reasonable to expect Vandiver may now assist on the women's side as well.

The school will become a Regional Training Center, with the ability to host national team camps at the developmental level, allow senior level athletes to come and in train, particularly in the short term, and have high school aged girls be able to train freestyle year round.

"I'm very excited for this opportunity, and I think we're going to hit the ground running," said Vandiver. "It's going to be hard leaving Colorado and the team I've been coaching, but I'm excited to play a part in building the next generation of our athletes."

Vandiver will continue her position with USAW through the senior world championships in August before starting the school year in Pennsylvania.

Vandiver's interview with USAW about her new position