Travis Piccard, a wrestling clinician who was a former standout NCAA Division I competitor at The Citadel, has been named the new head coach of the Muskegon Community College wrestling team.
“Travis has an energy that few can compete with,” said MCC Athletic Director Marty McDermott. “His passion for wrestling along with his ability to communicate with student athletes is going to be a tremendous benefit for MCC.”
A native of Allendale, MI, Piccard replaces James Tietema, who guided the Jayhawk grapplers for the past five seasons. As a scholastic wrestler at Allendale High School, Piccard posted a 202-3 record and was a three time Michigan High School Athletic Association state champion.
He wrested at the Military College of South Carolina, commonly known as The Citadel, in Charleston, S.C., where he finished with a 118-31 record. At the 2005 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in St. Louis, he placed in the Top 12 at 157 pounds.
While at The Citadel, he and a classmate, Michael Arias from Oklahoma, launched a hip-hop musical duo called TP & Esco in 2003. Since starting in the barracks they have performed at several notable venues, including Caesars Palace, Fifth Third Ball Park, Grand Rapids Civic Theater, Rothbury Festival, and Wealthy Street Theater. The won a Best Radio Single Award in West Michigan competition.
Piccard earned a bachelor’s degree in business/accounting at The Citadel. He is currently the head clinician at the Piccard Wrestling Center located in Coopersville, MI.
“Becoming head coach of Jayhawks means providing kids a resource to continue wrestling at the next level,” said Piccard. “I am excited to do big things competitively and for the student athletes in their own lives through the great experiences in college.”
He and his wife, Lindsey, have three children, Cruize, Charlize and Calianna.