Nika West is entering his 1st season as head coach of the Fayetteville Bulldogs
wrestling program. West comes to Fayetteville after leading Har-Ber to its 2nd state
wrestling championship in 5 years.
In 2007, West started his coaching career at Gentry high school leading the pioneers to
back to back 3rd place finishes. After the 2009 season, West stepped down as head
coach to become assistant coach at Heritage High School where he helped the War
Eagles capture the 2010 6A-7A state championship.
West resigned from Heritage in 2010 to accept the challenge of leading a young Har-Ber
Wildcat wrestling team. Over the past 6 years, West has lead the Wildcats in the state
tournament to two 7th place finishes; two 3rd place finishes; and two state
During West's 6 years at Har-Ber, he has amassed a dual record of 171-61 (74%) and a
conference dual record 35-3 (92%).
Overall, West has produced nine state champions, 37 All-state wrestlers, and 45
In addition, West has been named the Arkansas Wrestingling Association Outstanding
Coach at the state tournament (2012, 2016), National Wrestling Coach of the year for
Arkansas (2012), Northwest Arkansas Coaches and Officials Association Coach of the
Year (2012,2016) and the Arkansas Activities Association Coach of the Year (2015)
West serves as an Assistant Coach on the Arkansas National Wrestling Team where he
has helped coach several All-American's at the prestigious Asics / Vaughn Cadet / Jr
National wrestling tournament held in Fargo, North Dakota.
West and his beautiful wife, Erin, of 13 years have 2 daughters ; Alexis (7) and Kirsten
(5). When he is not coaching, he enjoys spending time with family, serving God, playing
golf, and hiking.
Office: (479) 973-8683
Fax: (479) 973-8618
Fayetteville Athletic Department
915 West Clinton Drive
Fayetteville, AR 72701