LAKELAND, Fla.—Southeastern University Director of Athletics Drew Watson named Brandon Jorge as the second head wrestling coach in program history.
Jorge has spent the last four seasons as the assistant coach with the Fire, helping start the program. As the assistant coach, Jorge saw the program grow in competition having sent seven wrestlers to the NAIA National Championship each of the last two season with six total All-American accolades.
“Brandon has played an integral role in building the foundation of Fire wrestling from Day One,” said Watson. “His experience with our program uniquely qualifies him to not only continue the unparalleled success we’ve achieved, but lead the program into an even brighter future.”
An accomplished prep and collegiate wrestler, Jorge was a three-time state champion at Lakeland’s Lake Gibson High School, and was a three-time All-American. He went on to compete at North Carolina State, where he made the All-ACC Academic Honor Roll and was a three-time scholar-athlete.
“It’s exciting to be a head coach in the town I’m from and at a program I had the chance to help build,” said Jorge. “I’m most excited to keep building on what’s already there and putting my own stamp on the program. We have a great group of seniors and incoming freshman that are excited to get to work.”
Jorge takes over for Javier Maldonado, who resigned to accept an NCAA Division I coaching job.
Southeastern posted a 12-7 dual meet record last season, and has finished in the Top 25 at nationals each of the past two seasons.