MEET OUR TEAM

 
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TOMMY JAMES

Head Wrestling Coach 
Founder

Tommy James
San Jose, CA
Married to Allison James and Father to Matai James
Served a 2 year church mission in the Dominican Republic
BS Brigham Young University-Marriage and Family Studies
AS Mt. San Antonio College- Kinesiology-Exercise Science 
Head Wrestling Coach at ALA Gilbert North
Head Wrestling Coach at Manu Wrestling
Independence High School Wrestling under CA hall of fame coach Anothony Palomino
Wrestled at Mt. San Antonio College
California Cadet National Team
FS All-American-3rd at Nationals
FS 2nd at Western Regionals 
California Masters-Central Coast Section Champion 
Mid-Cal Champion
2x Mid-Cals Placer
2x CIF California Masters-CCS Placer
2x California State Qualifier
4th California State-FS
6th California State-CCC 
2nd California Greco State
2017 CCA HS Arizona State Champions
2018-2019-2021 JH Arizona State Champions
2021 3rd D3 AIA State State-Team

DAN GAYLOR

Assistant-Head Wrestling Coach 
Head Strength and Conditioning Coach

Heber, Arizona 
BA in Health Promotion & Wellness
MA in Human Performance & Sport
-4x Arizona state placer 
-2x Doc Wright Champion
-2x Arizona State State Champion
-2011 AIA State Tournament Most Outstanding Wrestler
-Wrestled at NCAA Division 2 New Mexico Highlands University
-4 year college starter at 141
-NWCA Academic All American 
-4th place RMAC Championships
-NCAA D2 Super Regional placer
-2 years as an assistant coach at NCAA Division 2 New Mexico Highlands University under Hall of Fame Head Coach, Doug Moses.
-2017 NCAA D2 National Championships
-Assistant Head Coach American Leadership Academy
-Head Strength & Conditioning coach at American Leadership Academy. 
-2018-2019-2021 JH Arizona State Champions
-2021 3rd D3 AIA State State-Team

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LJ JAMES

Wrestling Coach

The Ranker

San Jose California
Married to Brynn James and Father to Tasi and Lulu James
Served a 2 year church mission in West Virginia
Brigham Young University-Idaho 
BS in Finance
ALA GN-Assistant Coach 
Member of 2x California State Championship Team-FS
2021 JH Arizona State Champions
2021 3rd D3 AIA State State-Team
3x California State Champion-FS
4th Reno Worlds
3x California CIF Central Coast Section Placer
California State Qualifier
3x Western Regional Placer

 
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JACK GAYLOR

Wrestling Coach
Strength and Conditioning Coach

Education

BA in Human Performance and Sport/ Concentration in Sport Management

MA in Human Performance and Sport

Graduate with magna cum lade honors 

Athletics

-3x Arizona state placer 

-2x Arizona State runner up

-Wrestled 1 year at NWCA Glendale CC 

-WCC tournament runner up 

-NWCA National Qualifier 

-Wrestled 4 years at NCAA Division 2 New Mexico Highlands University 

-2 year college starter at 125 & 133lbs

-2x NWCA Academic All American 

-2x RMAC Tournament placer 5th/4th

Coaching 

-3 years as an assistant coach at NCAA Division 2 New Mexico Highlands University Under Hall of Fame Coach Doug Moses

- 2020 NCAA National Championships

    *Coached 2020 NCAA Division 2 All-American Jonathan Trujillo at 141lbs

-First year Assistant Wrestling and Strength and Conditioning coach at American Leadership Academy

JACOB ESPAÑA

Wrestling Coach

2x NM state placer 
1x NM All Star Team Member 
Wrestled at NCAA D2 New Mexico Highlands University 
3 Year Starter at 125lb
2x RMAC Tournament Placer 4th/4th
1x NCAA Super Regional Tournament Placer 
NWCA Academic All American 
RMAC Honor Roll Team 
BA in Human Performance and Sport 
Cum Laude Graduate 
Crossfit Level 1 Certified 
1 year at Volcano Vista High School 5th place team finish 
1 Year at Cleveland High School 3rd Place team Finish

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KURT CRANDALL

Wrestling Coach

AIA D4 State Champion
2x State Finalist
3x AIA State Placer