Our Mission

The mission is to promote team development,  to engage female athletes in a male-dominated space, and educate coaches and athletes on how to coordinate a successful women's wrestling program.  There are many ways to approach a female wrestling team. Often the situation is new to coaches and athletes alike. I have found through my own coaching and research what techniques truly work to create both engaged and determined athletes. 

The established outsider theory indicated that although the female is known and said to be accepted, she is still the outsider in a world not built for her. The established outsider will always feel a sense of longing for something, as they will always feel like they do not quite belong. This is a psychological development that will affect the way they see themselves due to the environment that is creating this.

Our team

Dr.Terri Cecchine

Education and Policy, PH.D.


I am an educator, wrestler, grappler, jiu-jitsu fighter, partner, athlete, dog-owner, beach goer, and like to lay on the couch type of person. My passion is to serve female athletes who are fighting a gender disparity that is often beyond their control. I have learned from my own wrestling ad grappling experiences what it feels like to be mistreated based on gender. I also know what it feels like to have to "earn your spot on the mat". I support all athletes and wish to empower young women to follow their dreams in the world of combat sports. 

I grew up in a single-parent household where my mother did the best she could to raise me. We had our struggles of car repossessions, being removed from the housing we had, and not having enough to eat some days.  Through adversity, I saw that education was a way to overcome these environmental challenges. I was exposed to many inappropriate situations which resulted in my desire to educate myself and others to be strong in who they are.  When growing up around violence and in communities that did not offer many opportunities for the youth, I knew I had to seek other ways to grow. My wrestling career began when I was 14 years old. I approached my coach and asked if I could join the high school team. His response stuck with me for the rest of my life. "Hell no honey, not in that". I eventually did join the team, I made the best friends I ever had, and I learned more about myself and the social expectations of women than I had ever thought possible. 

This sparked something in me where I had found what made me strong. I felt like I was able to fight my battles more effectively because I had the mental and physical competence that had developed through this sport that is genuinely one of the toughest things I have done.  I am now on a journey to help other young female athletes find their place on the mat.


 Ph.D.   Education                                                                                                                                     June 2019

University of California, Santa Barbara, CA

Interdisciplinary Emphasis: Qualitative     

Methods in Social Science

​M.A. Adolescent Development                                                                                                                 June 2017

University of California, Santa Barbara, CA

Interdisciplinary Emphasis: Qualitative Methods

in Social Science          

M.A. Higher Education and Student Affairs                                                                                             May 2014

University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

B.A. Chicano Studies, Italian Studies, Art Studio                                                                                   June 2012

University of California, Santa Barbara, CA

Multiple Subject Teaching Credential                                                                                               January 2017 

National University


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