Jessica Medina joined the Ferrum athletic staff as Head Women's Wrestling Coach in September 2017 from Philadelphia Pennsylvania, where she was Head Girls Coach of the "Beat the Streets Philadelphia" program. Prior to that, she was Assistant Coach at Montini Catholic High School in Lombardi, Illinois. While at Montini, Medina was the first female to coach at the Illinois High School Association state finals.
A native of Pomona, California, Media wrestled at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky, where she won two national titles for the Patriots, in 2008 and 2010. She was a USA Wrestling National Team member from 2009 through 2015, and has represented the U.S. at various national and international championships.
Medina was a USA Wrestling World Team member in 2009 and a Pan-American Games finalist in 2009 and 2010. In 2010, Medina qualified for the World Championships, where she placed ninth. She was a 2008, 2012 and 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials Qualifier.
"I have truly felt the support from everyone and I immediately felt integrated into the Panther family," said Medina. "I'm excited to continue to build the program alongside such a supportive staff."
Medina will lead a Ferrum roster comprised of 11 returners and six newcomers. The Panthers open the season Oct. 14 at the Emmanuel Open in Franklin Springs, Georgia. Medina will then take her team back to her alma mater the weekend of Oct. 21-22 for Cumberland's Patriot Duals. A highlight to the schedule will be Ferrum making an appearance in the 2018 National Wrestling Coaches Association National Duals, Jan. 4-5 in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Medina's Wrestling Accolades
2014: Third in U.S. World Team Trials … Third in U.S. Open … Fifth in Grand Prix of Paris
2013: Second in World Team Wrestle-Off … U.S. Open champion … Third in Klippan Lady Open
2012: Third in Klippan Lady Open … Second in Dave Schultz Memorial International … Third in Ivan Yarygin Memorial
2011: Fourth in New York AC International Open … Third in Sunkist Kids International Open … Third in U.S. World Team Trials
Second in Pan American Championships … Second in U.S. Open … Fifth in Grand Prix of Tourcoing
2010: U.S. World Team Trials champion … Second in Pan American Championships … U.S. Open champion …
Fifth in Dave Schultz Memorial International
2009: U.S. World Team Trials champion … Fourth in U.S. Nationals … Third in Klippan Ladies Open … Fourth in Guelph Open
2008: U.S. Nationals champion
2007: Fifth in U.S. World Team Trials … Fifth in U.S. Nationals … Second in New York AC Holiday International …
Fourth in Sunkist Kids International Open … Fifth in Pan American Championships… University Nationals champion…
2006: Third in Junior World Championships…
2005: Fourth in Sunkist Kids/ASU International…
College: Attended the Univ. of the Cumberlands, where she was coached by Kip Flanik, won two WCWA National Championships.
High School: Attended Diamond Ranch High School in California ... Fourth in 2004 USGWA Nationals.