Head Wrestling Coach
Kevin Ward, who turned a wrestling program built from scratch at Ouachita Baptist University into a national contender, was named Army’s 10th head wrestling coach on Aug. 1, 2014. As the first and only head coach of Ouachita Baptist’s wrestling program, Ward led the Tigers to top-15 finishes at the NCAA Tournament in each of the last three seasons. He was named the NCAA Division II Coach of the Year after guiding the Tigers to a fourth-place finish at the NCAAs and an 8-5 dual match record last season. Five of Ward’s wrestlers claimed All-America honors in 2014. An accomplished wrestler at Oklahoma State, Ward started his coaching career as a graduate assistant with the Cowboys during the 2006-07 season. As a member of one of the most storied programs in the country, Ward had a tremendous amount of success as a wrestler at Oklahoma State and was on four NCAA National Championship teams (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006) and two undefeated squads (2002-03 and 2004-05).
Chris Chionuma begins his first season as an assistant coach at Army West Point in 2015-16. Chionuma arrived at Army West Point after serving as head coach for a year at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Ark. He also worked alongside Ward during the 2013-14 season as a graduate assistant for the Ouachita Baptist wrestling program. During the 2014-15 season, Chionuma led Ouachita Baptist to a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Division II National Championships. He also mentored four All-Americans a season ago, including national champion at 184 pounds, Dallas Smith. As a graduate assistant coach in 2013-14, Chionuma contributed to a wrestling team produced a program-record five All-Americans, while helping the Tigers finish fourth nationally.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Bryan Pearsall joined the Army wrestling program as a volunteer assistant coach in September of 2014. Pearsall, who was a part of three national championship teams as a wrestler at Penn State, came to West Point after spending the 2013-14 season with the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. Working directly with Rutgers varsity wrestlers during the 2013-14 season, Pearsall coached at the Scarlet Knight Wrestling Club, which is the regional training center at Rutgers University. The Rutgers wrestling team went 11-5 in dual matches and finished third at the EIWA Championships during that time. Rutgers also had four NCAA qualifiers and its first All-American since 2002. Pearsall was a four-year starter on Penn State's wrestling team. During his time in Happy Valley, the Nittany Lions won three-straight NCAA National Championships and Big Ten conference titles. A two-time place winner at the Big Ten Championships, Pearsall finished seventh as a junior and took fifth during his senior campaign. He placed at the 2013 Southern Scuffle and qualified for the 2013 NCAA Championships as a senior. Pearsall graduated from Penn State in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in rehabilitation and human services.