We are excited to announce that the Tahoma School Board has recently approved the hiring of Tim Kitchen as the Head Coach of the Tahoma Girls Wrestling Team. We are very excited to have Coach Kitchen back in our wrestling family helping to lead the Lady Bears. Coach Kitchen served as an Assistant Wrestling Coach at Tahoma from 2008 – 2016. Coach Kitchen left Tahoma for White River where he served as the Head Coach winning a state team title. Coach Kitchen is a Special Education Teacher at Tahoma High School. Coach Kitchen has an extensive background in Freestyle and Greco and was a Division I wrestler for the University of Oregon. He finished his college wrestling career as a teammate of Coach Feist at Central Washington University.
Women’s wrestling is one of the fastest growing sports at both the High School and College level. Recently, the NCAA’s Committee on Women’s Athletics has recommended that all three divisions of the NCAA governance structure add women’s wrestling as an NCAA emerging sport, effective August 1st, 2020. Girls wrestling was sanctioned by the WIAA in 2007. In the first year, there were 464 participants. Last year, there were over 1,200 participants. One of our state’s most prolific female wrestlers Amberle Montgomery grew up in our Maple Valley youth program and wrestled for Tahoma her freshman and sophomore years. Amberle was the real deal and would have walked her way through state girls tournament, had there been on during her high school career. She went on to wrestle at Northern Michigan and Oklahoma City after high school.
We are excited to begin this new program at Tahoma High School. This Fall, Coach Kitchen will be roaming the halls of Tahoma recruiting new wrestlers as the school year begins. Our hope is to get enough interest to have a full dual team! If you are interested in turning out for our team contact Coach kitchen at email@example.com #GoBears #TeamWa #Growthesport #RestoreWaWrestling