FERRUM, Va. -- Ferrum College's Jessica Medina has stepped down as head women's wresting coach at Ferrum College in order to take a position with USA Wrestling, the national governing body for wrestling in the United States. Medina recently completed her second season as head coach at Ferrum.
USA Wrestling named Medina its new National Women's Developmental Coach in March. She will work alongside National Women's Coach Terry Steiner and Assistant National Women's Coach Clarissa Chun on the USA Wrestling women's wrestling staff, located in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Medina took Ferrum to new heights as head coach of the women's mat program. The Panthers had previously never won a dual match prior to her arrival in September 2017, finishing 0-11 in both 2015-16 and 2016-17.
Medina led the Panthers to their first-ever win, 23-15 over Lindenwood University-Belleville October 21, 2017 at the Patriot Duals in Williamsburg, Kentucky, during her first season. The Panthers closed out the 2017-18 season with a 3-8 dual meet record. The Panthers finished 29th of 32 teams at the 2018 Women's Collegiate Wrestling Association (WCWA) National Championships in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Medina's 2018-19 team finished even better, closing the season with a 4-4 mark in dual meets and placing 26th of 36 teams at the 2019 WCWA Nationals in Atlanta, Georgia.
Medina will focus with USA Wrestling on developing age-group athletes across the nation. She will manage the women's freestyle athletes in the Elite Accelerator Program (EAP) and help coach the U.S. Olympic Training Center resident athletes.
"I hadn't really considered this before. Since I retired as an athlete, I have been volunteering with USA Wrestling. I still wanted to be a part of the program and to give back. Even when I was coaching in college, I was still volunteering. A lot of people considered me for this new opportunity, which opened my eyes to how I grew up through this program. It is big for me to be able to have an impact with our women's national program," said Medina.
A long-time member of the U.S. Women's National Team as an athlete, Medina also has a variety of coaching experiences prior to joining the Ferrum staff. She was a girls wrestling coach for Beat the Streets Philadelphia. She previously served as an assistant wrestling coach at Montini Catholic High School in Lombard, Illinois, working with boys, where she was the first woman to coach at the Illinois High School Association state finals.
Medina has also coached at the USMC Junior and Cadet Nationals as part of Team California, working with many of the nation's top high school athletes from the state. She has coached U.S. tour teams in international competition.
A national search is being conducted at Ferrum for Medina's replacement.