2011-12 Mocs wrestling
Heath eslinger head coach
Heath Eslinger (pronounced ESS-leen-guhr) was named the 11th head coach of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling program on July 11, 2009. A UTC alumn and former Southern Conference Wrestler of the Year, Eslinger is in his third year at the helm of the Mocs’ program.
building the Cleveland High School wrestling program in Cleveland, Tenn., into one of the premier programs in the state. The Blue Raiders finished in the top-3 in the state duals and traditional standings in each of his last two seasons. In his last year there, he had Cleveland ranked as high as No. 9 in the southeast region while guiding a school-record six wrestlers to state placings, including three finalists.
During his time at Cleveland High School, Eslinger was able to successfully raise money for the program. He also helped build a $250,000 weight training facility for the school. He raised the profile of the wrestling proHe has had quite an im- gram in the community by more than doubling the size of pressive start to his colle- the roster since his arrival. He was also a well-respected giate career, winning back- physical education teacher at the high school. to-back Southern Conference Regular Season crowns. In two quick seasons, he has coached five Mocs to So- Eslinger spent the previous two years as a student pasCon individual titles and seven have made at least one tor at First Baptist Church in Cleveland. His responsibiliappearance at the NCAA Championships. ties dealt with all aspects of a mega-church student ministry. He orchestrated events and camps for over 250 Eslinger was named the 2011 SoCon Coach of the Year students and organized leaders and curricula for each. after guiding the Mocs to an 11-9 overall mark, 5-0 in league action and the tournament title. Chattanooga Eslinger gained valuable collegiate coaching experience goes into the 2011-12 season with a sevenstraight SoCon Championships and a 35-match unbeaten streak in the league. He has also shown that he is a proven motivator off the mat as well. The program has seen increase in fundraising, community involvement and academic performance since Eslinger’s hiring. Chattanooga’s 3.14 team g.p.a. was ranked No. 7 in the nation following the 201011 season. Prior to UTC, Eslinger spent three seasons Head Coach Heath Eslinger in action during the 2011 NCAA Wrestling Championships
in Philadelphia, Pa.
Published on Nov 30, 2011