CCC to add wrestling, hires a coach

By Jeremy Nelson/Steve Sell
April 17, 2016
Central Christian College Sports Information

Central Christian College became the latest four-year school to add wrestling, according to a press release on Saturday.

And the Tigers already have a coach with the hiring of Tom Carr, who currently is an assistant coach at NCAA Division I George Mason.

Here is the information on Carr from the press release:

Carr is a 2004 graduate of Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio, where he graduated with a degree in psychology, and minors in business and speech communication.

He has built quite an impressive resume in the 12 years since he graduated from Muskingum. He got his start in the coaching profession at Land O'Lakes High School in Florida. There, he served as head coach of the 35-person team that had three state qualifiers, one state champion and three AAU All-Americans.

From there he moved on to become an assistant coach at Central College in Pella, Iowa. He spent a year at Central College and then took a position as an administrative assistant with the wrestling program at Michigan State. After two years with the Spartans, Carr became a fulltime assistant at NCAA DI Bucknell University. At Bucknell, Carr guided five nationally ranked wrestlers, three All-American finishers and six NCAA Division I qualifiers.

After a three-year stint with the Bison, he was hired as an assistant coach at Minot State University, a NCAA DII school in Minot, N.D., where he helped start program from scratch. During his time with the Beavers, Carr earned a spot at the National Wrestling Coaches Association/Fellowship of Christian Athletes Leadership Academy.

In 2013, Carr joined the George Mason wrestling staff as an assistant and has coached there the past three seasons. Carr has coached four NCAA Qualifiers, hosted the NWCA All-Star Classic, won 10 matches and defeated a Big Ten program for the first time in program history, and recruited the first Top 20 high school recruit to Mason in program history.

"It is an absolute honor to be named the first head wrestling coach at Central Christian,” said Carr. “I am grateful to Mr. (Athletic Director Steve) Reed and President (Hal) Hoxie for the opportunity and faith they have shown in me.” 

He credited the many coaches and mentors in his life that have helped him along his coaching journey saying, “I owe a great deal to many people that helped me get to this point and need to thank Eric Reed, Roger Chandler, Tom Minkel, Dan Wirnsberger, Robin Ersland, Joe Russell and Kevin McNamee for their mentorship and friendship. I also need to thank the athletes I have had the privilege of coaching, who have now become personal friends, without you I would not have the opportunity to start the Tiger program.” He concluded by saying, “I am looking forward to building a team that competes hard on the mat, performs in the classroom, and is a credit to the great wrestling tradition in McPherson, Kansas."

“I am excited that Tom has agreed to come on board as our new head wrestling coach,” Reed said. “He is an outstanding leader and coach, an exceptional recruiter, and is the ideal person to lead our inaugural men’s wrestling program. We look forward to having coach Carr build a winning tradition with student-athletes on the wrestling mat and in the classroom.”

Coach Carr will finish up his duties with the George Mason Patriots this spring, while at the same time starting to recruit for the Tigers. He will officially join the Tiger family when he moves to McPherson, sometime around the first of June.