Ronnie Perry named LHU women’s wrestling coach

LOCK HAVEN – Ronnie Perry, a 2018 NCAA Division I national finalist, has been named the Lock Haven University women’s wresting coach.

LHU announced last week its plans to add varsity women’s wrestling. The team will compete next year during the 2019-20 academic year.

Perry, a 2017 LHU graduate, spent this past season (2018-19) as the volunteer assistant coach with the Bald Eagles. Part of Perry’s duties as head women’s coach will be to still assist with the men’s program.

As a volunteer assistant with the men’s team, Perry helped in all phases of running a top-20 Division I program. His experience and skill in the wrestling room proved invaluable and he also played an important role in fundraising efforts.

Perry is both honored and excited, and he looks forward to being a part of this next chapter in LHU athletics.

“I am honored to be selected as the new head women’s wrestling coach here at Lock Haven University,” Perry said. “Currently, women’s wrestling is one of the fastest growing sports at the collegiate level and it’s rapidly reshaping the world of wrestling. On the heels of winning our second straight Eastern Wrestling League title, second top-20 showing at nationals and having a long tradition of excellence in men’s wrestling, it seems appropriate that Lock Haven is opening the door to a new tradition of excellence with the establishment of a women’s wrestling program. This is a remarkable opportunity for me to serve a university that has already given me so much.”

Perry carved his name deep in the LHU history books with a Cinderella-run to the 2018 NCAA Division I finals. Competing at 149 pounds, Perry capped his remarkable Lock Haven career by becoming the first No. 15 seed in NCAA tournament history to reach the finals.

Perry’s run to the finals and All-American status helped the senior close a brilliant career on the mats and his chapter was an important one in the rise, and the Bald Eagles’ return to national prominence. Perry’s win in the 2018 EWL finals marked the 100th of his career as he became the 20th member of LHU’s 100-win club.