Loyola Academy announces new Head Wrestling Coach, Jason Welch!

It is a great pleasure to announce that the New Head Wrestling Coach of the Loyola Academy Wrestling Program will be, Jason Welch.  Anyone who truly calls themselves a fan of the sport of wrestling knows who Jason Welch is. 3-time All-American, NCAA Finalist and the face of the Northwestern Wildcats for the past several years. Yes, that Jason Welch is the New Head Wrestling coach of the Loyola Ramblers wrestling program. In high-school, Jason was a 3-time state champion finishing with a career record of 194-7, with a 119 consecutive win streak, and was the Top Recruit in the entire country coming out of high school. Jason has been helping coach summer camps and clinics at Loyola for the past few years and has grown a passion for working with the high school wrestlers. He is passionate about the sport of wrestling (as you could imagine) and excited to share his techniques and strategies and lead the program in greatness. The Loyola wrestling community is very excited for Jason Welch to take over as the new head wrestling coach!Jason WelchJason Welch 2

As many people have already heard, I recently stepped down from my position as head coach of the program. Although it was my dream job, I needed to reassess my priorities and put my family and career first above coaching.  I do not plan on going too far from the sport or the Loyola wrestling program.  I will be a volunteer assistant coach for Jason as he leads the young men to success in the future, and I also plan on running the Rambler Wrestling Club (kid’s wrestling club) so that kids in the area can be exposed to great coaching at the youth level and take advantage of our wonderful facilities.  I look forward to helping the program grow from the youth club and into the high school level for years to come. Below is a picture of a pencil drawing that the team had made and presented to me at the last banquet. It features my oldest daughter who has been at almost every Loyola wrestling meet since she was born and my longtime friend, alumnus and head assistant coach, Jerry Hagene ’96.  I would have to say that this is one of by greatest prize possessions, most thoughtful gifts and hangs in my office today.  It has been a pleasure to be the head coach of this program, help it grow to what it is today and I look forward to helping it continue to grow to be the best program on the North Shore and in the Chicago Catholic League conference. Thanks again to everyone for all the great memories and too many more in the near future. GO RAMBLERS!

Coach Chris Stephens - Rambler Wrestling - Pencil Drawing

Rambler Wrestling logo (maroon & white)


About RamblerWC

The Loyola Academy wrestling program is committed to the process of achieving excellence in training and competition, development of character, leadership, as well as in the classroom. We recognize that excellence in not an act, but a habit and a skill, which builds upon individual talent, which must be developed to become a true champion. They will hold their heads high and learn from every experience – win or lose. Wrestling demands dedication, sportsmanship, team camaraderie and spirit. Wrestling builds character and leadership that they will carry on, not only in high school and college, but throughout their entire lives. This work ethic will help in fulfilling Loyola’s mission of cura personalis, the formation of the whole person. Lessons learned from wrestling make student-athletes proud to call themselves wrestlers and even more proud to call themselves Ramblers.

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