Following an announcement by Wheeling Jesuit University regarding the addition of the University's 20th NCAA Division II athletic team, Director of Athletics Danny Sancomb announced Sean Doyle would lead the inaugural wrestling program as head coach.
"Sean is the right fit for Wheeling Jesuit," said Sancomb. "He has great vision and leadership to start our new program and the ability to recruit top-level student-athletes that will excel in the classroom, on the mat, and in the WJU community."
"His coaching background speaks for itself, but more importantly, he will be a great leader for our new student-athletes," Sancomb continued. "In time, Sean will have our program competing at a championship level."
"It is an honor, and with great pleasure to accept the position to start the wrestling program at Wheeling Jesuit," said Doyle. "I would like to thank President Richard A. Beyer, Executive Vice President Fr. James Fleming, Vice President for Enrollment Management Larry Vallar and Director of Athletics Danny Sancomb."
"I'm ready to hit the ground running. Wheeling Jesuit has been built on a tradition of excellence which is a great partnership with the sport of wrestling because of the character, discipline, work ethic and leadership skills the sport demands," said Doyle. "We will be able to identify student-athletes that fit the institution's mission perfectly. I look forward to finding great student-athletes."
Doyle continued, "The recruiting process for the inaugural class starts immediately. We will begin locally. We want people to be excited and support for WJU wrestling. In addition we are in the middle of two powerhouse state for wrestling, Ohio and Pennsylvania, who are arguably the best in the country. We have the opportunity to attract great student-athletes, and there are only a few institutions who offer wrestling in West Virginia."
A native of Wheeling, Doyle graduated from Cornell University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Economics and Business Management with a concentration in Communications. He was a three year starter for the Big Red under Head Coach Rob Koll, and a member of two Ivy League championship teams.
Doyle placed fourth in the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) in 2000 as a 133 pound wrestler. He trained with past and future Olympic athletes at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., and assisted Coach Koll with wrestling camps.
In 2005, Doyle began his coaching career at Wheeling Central High School in Wheeling, W.Va. He spent two seasons at Wheeling Central, and elevated the Maroon Knights wrestling program to a Top 15 ranking in West Virginia (2007). During the 2006-07 season, he coached two undefeated individual state champions who both pursued collegiate wrestling careers.
After the 2006-07 season, Doyle was named head coach at Wheeling Park High School, where he led the Patriots for five seasons (2007-12). During his tenure, Wheeling Park finished in the Top 5 of the state tournament four-out-of-five years, garnering two runner-up trophies. He earned the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Coach of the Year award twice, and in 2008, was named West Virginia Coach of the Year. Doyle coached seven individual state champions, and currently has two former wrestlers starting at the NCAA Division I level.
Doyle graduated from Buckeye Local High School in 1997, and was born and raised in Wheeling by his mother, Cindy, and father, Dan. He has two sisters, Erin and Megan.
Doyle currently resides in Wheeling with his wife, Amber.