Emma Randall, a highly regarded member of the United States women’s wrestling community, has been hired as Beat the Streets’ newest Girls Development Director, Executive Director Brendan Buckley announced Friday. Randall will succeed Jacque Davis, who spent the last five years in the role for the organization.
“I am honored to accept the position of Girls Development Director at Beat The Streets. I was drawn to the organization because of their mission to improve the quality of life of those they serve both on and off the mat through sport experiences and life skill development,” Randall said of joining the organization. “I am inspired by the goals of the program but even more so by the dreams of those athletes participating in it. I am truly excited to get on the mat with these talented ladies and coaches to continue Coach Jacque’s work in building and strengthening New York City women’s wrestling.”
Randall had worked with USA Wrestling from 2012-18, including a stint as USA Wrestling’s Assistant Women’s National Coach. In 2016, Randall became the first female coach to receive gold certification within USA Wrestling’s National Coaches Education Program - the highest level of achievement within the program.
“We are elated to have Emma Randall joining our staff at Beat the Streets,” said Buckley of the hire. “Everyone I spoke to regarding Emma gave her rave reviews and she impressed the entire search committee during her interview process. As a USA Wrestling Gold Certified Coach, and a coach on the Women's U.S.National team for a number of years, Emma has mentored some of the world’s best female athletes. Clearly, this is a terrific opportunity for all of our kids and coaches at Beat the Streets, male and female alike. We can’t wait to have her begin working on our team.”
Her coaching career with USA Wrestling began after accepting an internship with the Women’s Freestyle National team during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. During the internship, Randall coordinated international training tours and competitions, planned and facilitated development camps for age-group National teams, and assisted other wrestlers at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
Randall was elevated to her role as assistant to head coach Terry Steiner in 2014. Her duties included coaching Cadet, Junior U23 and Senior teams at the Pan American, World, and Olympic levels; developing USA Wrestling’s extensive age-group women’s development camp program; and coaching resident athletes at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.
During her time on staff, the U.S. was one of the most successful teams in international wrestling and brought home numerous World medals. The most historic victory of Randall’s tenure came during the 2016 Rio Olympics when Helen Maroulis - also a member of the BTSNY family - defeated three-time defending Olympic champion Saori Yoshida to win the United States’ first-ever gold medal in women’s wrestling.
Randall’s imprint on women’s wrestling and women’s athletics extends beyond her involvement with USA Wrestling. She currently serves as a board member for the non-profit organization Wrestle Like A Girl, a coach educator for United World Wrestling, and a mentor coach for Precizion 509 Gymnastics.
Randall earned her Bachelor’s in Sport Administration in 2012 and Master’s in Sport Science in 2014 from Lock Haven University in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania. She competed at Lock Haven as part of a women’s wrestling initiative at the university and wrestled on the Senior level for a number of years.