FCAW Board Member
Head Wrestling Coach Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL
3x US Open Champion; 3x NCCAA National Champion
"My interest and excitement about FCAW is the emphasis on the ministry part of wrestling, to see men pointed to God through Christ, and to see them develop physically, emotionally, and spiritually."
Gruenwald, a two-time member of the US Olympic Greco Roman wrestling team, started as head coach at Wheaton College after serving as an assistant coach since 2005 for the US Greco Roman wrestling team at the US Olympic Education Center in Marquette, Michigan. Jim finished sixth at 60kg in the Greco Roman competition at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, and was 10th at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. A three-time US Champion, Jim completed his competitive career in 2008 as a National Champion, also winning titles in 2003 and 2004.
Jim is a 1994 graduate of Maranatha Baptist Bible College, earning a Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Math Education in 1994. He compiled a four-year record of 154-19 on the mat in his career at Maranatha; was a three-time National Christian College Athletic Association National Champion earning MVP honors in 1989 and 1991. He was a former Wheaton Invitational Champion, and a member of the Northwestern University's Midlands Invitational Tournament 20-Win Club with 22 career victories at the prestigious tournament.
Jim and his wife Rachel have seven children -- son Adin and six daughters Arwyn, Ava, Autumn, Aleyse, Ashley, and Amber.