Simpson University to Continue Wrestling Program

For Immediate Release


REDDING, Calif. - Simpson University Director of Athletics Tom Galbraith said the university will continue its varsity wrestling program heading into the 2017-18 season.

“We are committed to sponsoring the 12 varsity sports that are offered at Simpson,” Galbraith said. “We are excited to see wrestling continue as a sport for the Red Hawks.”

Simpson University hosted the NAIA West Regional Wrestling Championships in February, during which Simpson wrestlers qualified for the national tournament, including three-time All-American Austin Lobsinger. Galbraith said he received numerous messages of support for the program.

Interim head coach Rod Forseth will be named head coach, working with assistant coach Joc Muir.

The wrestling program began at Simpson in the 2012-13 season. In addition to Lobsinger, the Red Hawks have three other wrestlers who earned All-America honors: A.J. Valles, Vicente Hernandez, and Brady Beamon. Former head coach Don Williams was inducted into the California Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Simpson Athletics competes in baseball, softball, volleyball, wrestling; and men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, golf, and soccer.



Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. The university celebrated its 25th year in Redding and the completion of a Science and Nursing Center in 2014. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings, including degrees in psychology and organizational leadership. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit


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