NOC Announces Men’s and Women’s Wrestling Coaches

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Northern Oklahoma College has selected Bryan Kenney to lead the NOC Men’s Wrestling Program at NOC Tonkawa.

The program will begin wrestling in Fall 2024.

Kenney comes to NOC from the Wylie, Texas, area where he currently leads the JJ Pearce High School Wrestling Program and is a Gold Certified Coach with USA Wrestling.

“I first want to thank the NOC Wrestling Search Committee, Kenney said. “I truly appreciate the upcoming opportunity to re-establish the wrestling program at Northern Oklahoma College.”

“After being on campus and meeting some members of the community of Tonkawa, I know this is a special place,” he said. “We have the support and resources to build a program that will be competing at the national level quickly. This is the heart of ‘wrestling country’ and NOC offers a great education, academic and athletic scholarships, and is housed in a small town that believes in the future of this program. I am excited to bring my family here and become a NOC Maverick family.”

Athletic Director Alan Foster is excited for what Kenney brings to the program.

“Bryan’s experience in so many areas of managing and coaching top notch wrestling programs will come in so handy in dealing with all that comes with starting new programs,” he said. “I am comfortable with his leadership ability as we re-establish the men’s wrestling program.”

Kenney graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Marketing and then earned his Master’s Degree from Lamar University in Educational Administration.

Coach Kenney has a 228 career dual wins as a head coach and is the director and co-head coach of the Power Training Wrestling Center that he founded in 2021. He was the Head Greco-Roman/ Assistant Freestyle coach for the 2019 15U Pan Am games, coached the Developmental Camp at the Olympic Training Center twice, a National Facilitator for US GRIT (Greco Roman Innovation Team), and JR Duals coach for Texas the last five years.

Kenney is married to wife, Laura, and has two children Reese, 9, and Brexton, 3.

He will also assist with the new NOC Women’s Wrestling program.

Northern Oklahoma College has selected Jayden Miller to lead the NOC Women’s Wrestling Program at NOC Tonkawa.

The program will begin wrestling in Fall 2024.

Miller comes to NOC from Southwestern Oregon Community College where he served as an assistant for the men’s and women’s wrestling programs.

“I’m beyond grateful for the opportunity that Northern Oklahoma College has given me,” Miller said.  “It has been a dream of mine to be a college head coach since I was little. To be the Inaugural Head Women’s Wrestling Coach at NOC is something I take with a great deal of pride.”

“I want to thank the people who have helped me along the way,” he added.  “Southwestern Oregon Community College coaches Adam Whitlach and Josh White were a big help. They are two excellent coaches who treated me like family.  I definitely wouldn’t be here without them. The entire SWOCC athletic department has help me become a better person I can’t begin to thank them. I would also like to thank Chad Mattox because he was a huge help in getting my foot in the college door.:

“I would also like to thank my parents have been nothing but constant support for me since I started wrestling so many years ago,” Miller said.  “They were my support system throughout this whole process. I can’t wait to get started. This has all been surreal. I can’t begin to thank everyone at NOC for giving me this opportunity.”

NOC Athletic Director Alan Foster is excited for Miller to start the women’s program.

“After a long thorough process, I am happy to identify Jayden Miller to be the head coach to lead the women’s wrestling program at Northern Oklahoma College,” Foster said.  “Jayden’s experience at the college level brings an immediate understanding of recruiting and what is needed to run a college program.”

Miller is a native of Gothenberg, Nebraska, and wrestled collegiately at Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska.  At Hastings, he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Recreation Management.

The new women’s coach was active in the community where he served as youth wrestling coach for the Hawks Wrestling Club in Nebraska and a youth football coach.

Miller will also assist the NOC Tonkawa Men’s Wrestling program.

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