WHEELING, W.Va., April, 21, 2017 -- Wheeling Jesuit University has chosen Sean Doyle to lead its undergraduate recruitment efforts.
Recently, Doyle was named director of Undergraduate Admissions by WJU's President, Dr. Debra Townsley. She is confident Doyle can make an impact in the university's recruitment efforts.
“Sean has had success with recruiting outstanding student-athletes for our wrestling program. I am confident his passion for Wheeling Jesuit's mission will help our undergraduate admissions department excel in recruiting students who will flourish at our university,” said Dr. Townsley.
“When I came to Wheeling Jesuit, I really enjoyed the recruitment aspect of my position as coach of the wrestling team. This new role gives me the opportunity to do something I love and help the university in an important area. I thank Dr. Townsley for this opportunity,” Doyle said.
In 2013, Doyle came to WJU to start the university's wrestling program. In four short years, he grew the program into a nationally recognized team. This past season, Doyle's squad finished as runner-up in the NWCA National Duals. He grew the program from 24 wrestlers the first year to 49 this past season.
“I'm extremely proud of the success we were able to achieve within the wrestling program. I always felt there would come a time when I would want to move beyond coaching. When Dr. Townsley approached me about the opportunity to oversee undergraduate admissions, it seemed like the right time to make the move, and help Wheeling Jesuit achieve success in this critical area,” he added.
Doyle will be responsible for all aspects of undergraduate recruitment including strategic planning and recruitment of students in the United States and internationally. His new team consists of seven admissions representatives and two support staffers.
He built 'The Cardinal Culture' - a team culture focused on developing the educational, personal, spiritual and community service aspects of each wrestler. Doyle plans to replicate this 'culture' in his new role.
“My number one priority is to build awareness locally, regionally and nationally about the incredible education Wheeling Jesuit can offer. We have a strong staff who can communicate to prospective students that this university is dedicated to educating students to excel in their chosen field, as well as to be men and women in service to others,” Doyle explained.
In order to build this awareness, Doyle said his team will create dynamic messaging that will clearly communicate all that Wheeling Jesuit has to offer students. He plans to incorporate traditional marketing with an enhanced social media presence in WJU's recruitment efforts.
Prior to coming to WJU in 2013, Doyle was the wrestling coach and math teacher at Wheeling Park High School from 2007-2013. He was the wrestling coach at Wheeling Central Catholic from 2005-2007. From 2006-2009, Doyle also served at a math teacher and golf coach at Indian Creek High School.
Doyle earned a bachelor's degree in applied economics and business management from Cornell University in 2001, where he was a member of the wrestling team. He received a master's in educational leadership from WJU in 2016.