Highline Wrestling Coaches
Coach Scott Norton - Coach Norton completed
his first year as Highline's head coach in 2003. His
prior coaching experience has included Indiana State University.
Norton has a wealth of experience in wrestling,
being a 3-time Pac-10 Champion, and amassing a college
career record of 111- 28 (.799) while at the University
of Oregon. During his senior year, he
captured four titles (Southern Oregon Open, Mat Town
Invitational, Oregon Classic, Pacific-10 Championships),
raising his total to 12 career titles. Norton is
second all-time on Oregon's career win list with 111
victories. During his senior year, Norton also
established a new personal mark of 35 wins for a season,
breaking his old record of 33. By capturing his third
consecutive Pac-10 title, Scott became the first Duck to
do so since the 1981-1983 seasons. He is just one
of six people to amass 100 wins on the Oregon mat.
Additionally, Norton was a Division 1 All-American.
Needless to say, Coach Norton brings a strong
competitive edge to Highline's program.
Assistant Coach Brad Luvaas
A former star wrestler at Highline in 2001/02, Brad returns to the college as an Assistant Coach. Coming out of Port Angeles High School, Brad was known for his great scrambling ability and being a solid leg rider. He has a MMA Specialist Amateur. Turning pro in Nov. 2008, Brad is an excellent assistant and brings a lot of organization to the program. While at Highline, helped coach 8 NJCAA All-Americans, and 16 national qualifiers, as well as helped coach the 2010 NJCAA National Academic Champions.
|Assistant Coach Pacifico Garcia
A California native, Pacifico Garcia wrestled for Clovis High School under Steve Tirapelle. He was a member of three consecutive section championship teams in 1999, 2000, and 2001. As a senior in high school, he placed second in the state of California. Garcia attended San Francisco State University where he earned his B.A. in Liberal Studies. At SFSU, Garcia was a two-time All-American recipient while winning the NCAA Division II National Championship in 2005 at 149 pounds. Most recent, Garcia obtained his post-graduate degree at Seattle Pacific University with a Masters in the Arts of Teaching. Garcia joins the Thunderbird staff after coaching several years at the middle school and high school level in both California and Washington. He currently lives in West Seattle with his partner Guadalupe and their daughter Viola.
|Assistant Coach Christopher Beechwood
Before moving to the Seattle area, Christopher Beechwood completed his Master of Business Administration at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC), where he also was the assistant director of the Chattanooga Wrestling Club. He also was involved in the UTC wrestling program. Previous to his time at UTC, Beechwood spent one year coaching at Seaside High School in Oregon. He also spent one year as a student assistant coach at Pacific University. During college he competed for Pacific University.
Assistant Coach Kurt Swartz