CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College Athletic Department and Athletic Director Danny Sterling announced the hiring of Tony DeAnda as Head Men’s Wrestling and assistant Women’s Wrestling Coach as well as Dany DeAnda as Head Women’s Wrestling Coach.
"I'm excited to have Tony and Dany both join the Blue Hose family and am excited to see these programs both build and develop," commented Sterling.
“Tony is a brilliant technician, he has an answer for every situation. He studies every aspect of the sport from technique and weight training to proper nutrition, commented Director of Wrestling Mark Cody. He is one of the most respected coaches in our sport and I feel very fortunate to have him standing by my side as we build both programs," continued Cody.
Tony DeAnda, Head Men’s & Assistant Women’s Wrestling Coach
Tony DeAnda grew up in South Sioux City, Neb. His wrestling career took off at Augustana College where he received All-America honors in 1992-93. He was also a five-time Mexican national champion and a three-time U.S. National's place winner. In 2005, he became Real Pro Wrestling's first Champion at 60kg.
DeAnda started coaching in 1996 at Lincoln East High School in Lincoln, Neb. In 2000, he coached at Briar Cliff College, but returned to his alma mater, Bishop Heelan Catholic High School, in 2004. He took the assistant coaching position at the U.S. Olympic Education Center in the summer of 2005 until fall of 2011. In 2010 he conducted an Olympic Solidarity Coaches Seminar for the International Olympic Committee in Guayaquil, Ecuador.
As a coach, during the 2011 Cadet World Championships he coached a world champ as well as a silver medal winner. In 2010 he had the team champions during the Youth Olympic Pan-Am Qualifying Event and the Senior Pan-Am Championships. In 2008 and 2009, he coached team champions during the Cadet and Junior Pan-Am Championships back to back years.
As an athlete, Tony DeAnda was a 2005 Real Pro Wrestling National Champion while being ranked in the top 10 in the USA during the 2001-05 timeframe. DaAnda was a three-time national place winner and a three-time World and Olympic Trials Place winner. He was a five-time national champion with Mexico. DeAnda was a bronze medal winner during the 2003 Pan American Games.
“Dany has had success at every level of the sport. She is passionate about taking part in the growth of women’s wrestling, commented Cody. We know how important it is for this program to be successful, being the first D1 women’s wrestling program and Dany is the type of coach that is capable of leading that charge," said Cody.
Dany DeAnda, Head Women’s Wrestling Coach
Dany DeAnda grew up Kailua, Hawaii where she honed her wrestling becoming a 3x state champion. Dany continue her wrestling career at the Olympic Education Center where she was a 3x Jr. World team member placing both Silver and Bronze respectively. Dany returned home to Hawaii in 2010 and began coach at Punahou Schools and help out with Team Hawaii.
In Fall of 2011 DeAnda joined the coaching staff at the University of Jamestown and was there until 2017. In 2018, she moved to the University of Providence where she helped build the women’s wrestling program. Dany has help coach 16 WCWA All-American along with 6 WCWA Scholar Athletes.
DeAnda started coaching in 2008 with the Hawaii National Team in Honolulu, HI. In 2010 she spent time working with the United States Olympic Education Center in Marquette, M.I. She spent a pair of season with Punahou High Schools as the head coach before transitioning to the University of Jamestown as an assistant coach for seven seasons. DeAnda coached most recently with the University of Providence in Great Falls, MT as their assistant coach.
As a coach, she has been involved with the development and implementation of the team’s workout programs. She has also been involved in coordinating team travel and fundraising throughout her coaching time. DeAnda was also key in recruiting as she helped coordinate recruiting visits and helped with team study halls.
As an athlete, she earned a 2006 Jr. World Bronze Medalist and a 2005 Jr. World Silver Medalist honor. She also picked up a 2004 PanAm Championships Silver Medal award. DeAnda also was a three time Jr. National champion as well as a three time Fargo Nationals All-American and a 3x Hawaii State Champion.
Tony DeAnda earned a degree in Spanish from the University of Nebraska. Dany DeAnda holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Physical Education from North Michigan University. Tony and Dany have three children, Avery, Joaquin and Camila.