This article was written by Kelli Heath, Sports Information Director at Williams Baptist University.  

Fraley Named New Eagles Wrestling Coach 

WALNUT RIDGE, Ark. –The Williams Baptist University athletics department announces the hiring of Tyler Fraley as the new head coach of its wrestling program. Fraley is the third head coach in program history and inherits a program that sent nine wrestlers to nationals and produced one All-American last year.  

“Coach Fraley has developed some very positive relationships during his time at WBU. He is one of the program’s two national champions and has served diligently as our assistant coach this past season. He has earned the opportunity to be the next head coach and I am excited to watch him provide leadership for the program this upcoming year,” Williams Baptist Athletics Director Jeff Rider noted about his newest hire.  

Fraley takes over a program that has been very successful in its seven-year history. It has produced two individual national champions and 11 All-Americans, as well as four American Midwest Championships.  

The coach is a native of Freehold, New Jersey and started his college career at NCAA D1 Clarion University, where he was a starter and finished third in the conference as a true freshman. He then transferred to Williams Baptist and was the 2018 National Champion in the 141-pound weight class and a three-time All-American. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Science with an emphasis in Biology and Social Studies.  

He is married to Leslie Fraley, who is an admissions counselor at WBU.  


Eagles Basketball Adds Howard as Assistant Coach 

WALNUT RIDGE, Ark. – Williams Baptist University announces the hiring of Tevin Howard as their new men’s basketball assistant coach.  

Howard, a former Eagle standout on the court, was an Honorable Mention All-American and two-time All-Conference player. He was also named AMC Player of the Week twice and won the Character Award.  

“I am super excited to have another former Eagle join our program as a coach and keep it within the Eagle family. Tevin can relate well with our players because he has played in our program and understands the responsibilities and expectations of being a basketball student-athlete. We wanted someone who would be an easy transition and be the same caliber of person that Coach Malcolm was, and Tevin was the perfect choice,” Head Coach Josh Austin commented.  

Howard graduated from WBU with his Bachelor’s in 2016 and just recently completed his Master’s in the MAT program this past spring.  

He is married to Kyai Howard. 

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