Head Coach Chad Beatty
wrestled at Iowa under the legendary Dan Gable and comes to Highline with experience as an assistant and head coach at the high school and college level. As the Highline Wrestling head coach starting in 2019, in an interview with the Thunderword, the Highline College student newspaper, Beatty stated that regarding recruiting that it “at small colleges is almost always the biggest challenge. Luckily for us, Highline is the most diverse college in the state and offers a bunch of degrees to choose from. Our goal is to recruit athletic kids and prove that they can accomplish their goals here, in state.”
Beatty was a two-time high school state champion in Iowa, winning three individual conference titles and setting multiple state records. At Iowa he was a two-time NCAA qualifier, posting a 50-25 career record and was a member of three NCAA and Big Ten champion Iowa teams. After college he coached at Forest Grove High School (Oregon) for five years as well as serving as Director of Wrestling Operations at the Washington State Wrestling Association.
Asst. Coach Michelle Harreld
Michelle brings her broad background in psychology, nutrition, and wrestling team management to support student athletes in meeting their potential on the mat, in the classroom, and in the community. Michelle grew up in rural Strawberry Point, Iowa and lives in Tacoma with her partner Chad Beatty and their Boston Bulldog Jude.
Asst. Coach David Walker
David graduated from Foss High School and wrestled for Highline from 2002-04. After graduation he went on to be a 4-time world team trial qualifier (placing two times, fourth and fifth). He is a three-time U.S. Regional Champion and a two-time University Greco-Roman All-Star. He has coached at Bonney Lake and Auburn High Schools.