Beat the Streets Philadelphia would like to welcome our new Women’s Head Coach, Jessica Medina, to the program. Jessica is coming to us by way of California, where she had been helping out several different youth and high school clubs. Jessica has a long successful history in both coaching and competing, and will be a hugely positive influence on Beat the Streets.
Jessica picked up wrestling a little later than most during her Jr. year of High School. While initially facing pushback from the varsity coach for being the only girl to wrestle on the boy’s team, she quickly changed his opinion, and was awarded the “hardest worker” award at the end of the year banquet. The following season, she began competing in women’s tournaments, and was the runner up at the California Women’s State Tournament. She continued to wrestle through the offseason and began her transition to freestyle in order to become acclimated with the women’s collegiate style. After taking 4th place at Fargo Nationals the summer after her Sr. year, she decided to continue her wrestling career at University of the Cumberlands where she was a 2-time National Champion. During her Sr. season she was selected MVP of the National Tournament while her team finished in 1st place by 1 point over the runner up. While in college, she also won a Jr. World bronze medal.
After graduating from college with a double major in business administration and public health and a minor in Spanish, she moved to the Colorado Springs and became a resident athlete at the Olympic Training Center. In 2009 she defeated Olympic bronze medalist, Patricia Miranda to make her first World Team. She followed that up by making another World Team in 2010. Over the course of her career, she was a member of 6 different national teams.
In addition to training at the OTC, Jessica has also trained under West Virginia University head coach, Sammy Henson, and Arizona State University head coach, Zeke Jones. Having been able to observe such a wide variety of coaching styles and techniques, Jessica brings a tremendous amount of knowledge to the program. She is currently running girls practice twice a week at Belmont and Pal. When asked about the importance about getting girls into wrestling she had this to say:
“Wrestling has increased my quality of life, given me more confidence, and given me amazing opportunities to travel the world. Girls deserve the same opportunities as boys, and wrestling is such a great sport for teaching life lessons. It would be a shame for girls not to have access to the sport and to miss out on those lessons. Not only that, but there are so many more opportunities for girls to wrestle in college. By introducing girls to wrestling, you are opening up doors for them and giving them the opportunity to succeed.”