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OJC Press Release ID: 3017

Monday, March 30, 2020

Otero Rattlers Name New Wrestling, Baseball and Golf Head Coaches


Otero Junior College Athletics Department has named Tommy George as head wrestling coach, Drew Wold as head baseball coach and Landon Steele as head golf coach.

Tommy George, originally from Colorado Springs, was the assistant wrestling coach at OJC for the past two years. He had the opportunity to train under some of the best technicians in the world, including Angel Cejudo, Mitch Hull, Mike McArthur, and Ramico Blackmon. In the summer of 2008, George trained at the Olympic Training Center with the Women’s Olympic Wrestling team in their preparation for the World Team Trials.

George has three years of coaching experience at the high school level, where he was the head-assistant at Skyline High School in Longmont. After high school, George underwent surgery and took a year off from athletics before playing rugby for the University of Northern Colorado. He earned his bachelor’s degree from UNC in Sport and Exercise Science with a minor in Coaching.

When asked why George was selected to be head wrestling coach, Athletic Director Chris Carrillo explained, “During his time as an assistant coach, Tommy revealed many great character traits that I personally look for in a young coach. The first thing that jumped out at me when I met Coach George was how much enthusiasm and positive energy he brought to the table. Coach George attacks each day head on and strives for constant daily improvement from not only himself but for those around him as well. He is not only committed to the success of his wrestlers on the mat but has also set the bar extremely high in the classroom for his student athletes. Otero Junior College is extremely excited for our wrestling program and our new head coach, Tommy George.”

The new head baseball coach for the Rattlers has roots at Otero. Drew Wold being a former student athlete, as well as a former assistant coach for OJC, is now stepping into the head coach position for the Rattlers. Coach Wold is obviously very familiar with the baseball program as well as the Region IX as a whole. His experience within the conference is going to make his transition to head coach that much more streamlined. After playing at OJC, Wold continued his career at Adams State University in Alamosa, where he finished his college baseball career and received his Bachelors of Science degree. He also served as an assistant coach for two years at Adams State University under the direction of Head Coach James Capra.

Athletic Director Chris Carrillo stated, “I am extremely proud of Coach Wold and how he has developed not only as a head coach but how he has also developed as a leader on and off the field. He has a tremendous passion for the success of his players and has high expectations for the program. I have been fortunate enough to see Coach Wold grow from the time he played for me in 2011 to his current position as the Rattlers head baseball coach. Coach Wold has always possessed a great feel for the game and has developed an extensive knowledge base for baseball. I am looking forward to the continued success of the Otero Junior College Baseball program under the leadership of Coach Wold.”

The Otero Junior College Golf program welcomes Landon Steele to the position of head coach. Steele will take on this role in addition to serving as head coach for the women’s basketball team. Coach Steele has a Bachelor’s of General Studies from Fort Hays State University with an emphasis in Health and Wellness. Coach Steele coached at the high school level for nine years at Wallace County High School in Kansas then moved on to coach at Northwest Kansas Technical College for two years, Lamar Community College for two years, and South Plains College in Texas for one year.

When asked about Landon Steele’s coaching abilities, Athletic Director Chris Carrillo stated, “Coach Steele has been a tremendous addition not only to the women’s basketball program but to the institution as a whole. He consistently exhibits his ability to develop great rapport with his student athletes. He has demonstrated the ability to recruit and obtain quality student athletes for the women’s basketball program and I have full confidence that he will have the ability to do the same for our golf program.”

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Otero Junior College Athletics Department has named Tommy George as head wrestling coach.

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Drew Wold will be the new head baseball coach at OJC.

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In addition to women’s basketball, Landon Steele will also be the head golf coach.