Travis Mercado
Travis Mercado
Title: Associate Head Coach/Weight Room Coordinator
Phone: 423-652-4853
Email: tjmercado@king.edu
Year: 3rd year

Mercado joined the Tornado staff in December of 2015 after serving as a graduate assistat at the University of the Cumberlands. In 2017, Mercado was elevated to Associate Head Coach and Weight Room Coordinator.

Mercado helped King to memorable 2016-17 year as King had their first wrestler compete at the Olympic Games when Haley Augello competed for the United Stated in Rio. King then went on to win their fourth straight NWCA National Duals title in January and followed that with their fourth WCWA national title a month later. King had nine All-Americans and three individual national champions at the WCWA National Championships. In June, the Tornado were recognized with a Champion Within award from the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, earning the "Champions As Pioneers" distinction.

In 2017, Mercado graduated from teh NWCA Leadership Academy. Outside of his coaching duties for King, Mercado was a coach for the 2016 USa Wrestling Junior Pan Am team in Barinas, Venezuela and a coach of the 2015 Cadet delegation to the Lady Klippan Open in Klippan, Sweden.

In his time at Cumberlands, Mercado's wrestlers had immense success as he has helped coach four WCWA All-Americans, two USA Wrestling University Nationals All-Americans and four of his student-athletes have placed at the US Open. Along with his duties at Cumberlands, Mercado will also travel with the US women's national team to the Lady Klippan Open in Sweden where he will help coach the cadet, junior and senior age levels.

Mercado hails from Chino, California where he was a graduate from Don Antonio Lugo High School. After his completion of high school, Coach Mercado went to Cal State University of Fullerton where he was graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor's of Science in Kinesiology focusing on Sports Psychology and Strength and Conditioning and Master's degree with the same emphases in May 2012. During his time at Cal State University of Fullerton, Mercado excelled on the mat as he wrestled for the Titan Wrestling Club. Mercado wrestled in large scale tournaments as he competed in the FILA Jr. Nationals, US Open, won the Veterans Division in the 2013 US Open and most recently placed 4th in 2014. Mercado finished first at the Veteran's National Tournament in 2015 and second in 2016.

Prior to his position at Cumberlands, Mercado was the head coach for the wrestling program at Covina High School in Covina, California. During his two years at Covina, he led them to a 25-5 record and had three athletes qualify for various prestigious tournaments.

He and his wife Jillian reside in Bristol and are expecting their first child in December.