At their recent regularly scheduled meeting, held on Tuesday, April 22, 2021, the Carl Albert State College Board of Regents approved the hiring of new CASC Wrestling coach, Jake Lords. Lords will be entrusted with the startup, execution, and operations of the new CASC Wrestling program, set to begin in the fall of 2021.
Lords hails from Rexburg, Idaho, and attended Chadron State College where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree; he earned a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Minnesota State University Moorhead. Lords will be leaving his position as Head Assistant Coach at MSUM to join the Viking team. Lords spent six years as the head wrestling coach at Madison High School in Rexburg. While at Madison HS, Lords coached more than 65 state qualifiers and 16 state place winners, including a state champion and two state finalists. As a high school wrestler in Idaho he placed third in the state three times. Lords served on the Idaho High School Wrestling Coaches Association committee to help sanction women's wrestling, as well as served as Vice Chair on the Board of Directors for USA Idaho Wrestling.
“We could not be more thrilled to invite Jake into the Carl Albert family,” said President Jay Falkner. “This is an exciting and unprecedented time for the college, and we wholeheartedly believe Jake is the right person to execute a successful, new wrestling program at Carl Albert.”
At the Tuesday, March 9, 2021 meeting, the Carl Albert State College Board of Regents unanimously approved the implementation of the men’s and women’s Viking Wrestling Program. The women’s program will launch in the fall of 2022 as a NJCAA-sanctioned event.
Carl Albert joins NEO A&M as one of only two community colleges in Oklahoma to offer collegiate men’s wrestling. The CASC Wrestling Program will compete with colleges of CASC’s size and NJCAA classification. “These athletes will compete with several colleges in Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, and the upper midwest,” said Randy Graves, Vice President of Student Affairs. “We feel good about this addition to our campus, and are anxious to see the program thrive under Jake’s leadership.”
Lords will be relocating to Oklahoma, and is set to begin in May; the specific date is yet to be determined.