meet our coaches

TAYLOR SUMMERS

HEAD COACH

NCAA DII NATIONAL QUALIFIER

Taylor Summers is in his third season as an assistant coach for the Western Colorado University Wrestling team as well as the head coach of the Western Colorado Wrestling Club.

Summers comes to Gunnison after spending one season as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Chadron State College where he wrestled for 5 years.

 

Between his coaching tenure at Chadron State and Western Colorado, Summers has helped produce 7 national qualifiers, and 2 All-Americans.

As a wrestler for the Eagles, Summers earned a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference runner-up finish in 2016, an RMAC title in 2017, and qualified for the NCAA Division II National Championships in 2016.

Academically, Summers earned Academic All-America honors his junior and senior seasons. Summers appeared on the Dean's List during the 2015-16 year, as well as the Presidents list in 2016-2017.

Summers graduated from CSC in 2017 with a degree in exercise science, and pursuing a graduate degree in organizational management. 

He and his fiancée, Kaylee, are set to be married in May of 2021.

CHARLIE PIPHER

ASSISTANT COACH

3X NCAA DII ALL AMERICAN

Charlie Pipher is in his fourth season as Western's Head Coach in 2020-21.

In his first three seasons at the helm, Pipher has produced four All-Americans, nine National Qualifiers, three individual regional championships, and led the mountaineers to an RMAC Championship in 2018-2019, and a regional runner-up finish in 2019-2020.

 

As a wrestler at Western, Pipher became a three-time All-American and two-time conference champion for the Mountaineers, wrestling from 2005-11. He helped the Mountaineers take home the RMAC and Super Region IV title in 2010 and earn a fifth-place team finish at the NCAA Division II National Championships in 2011 after placing second individually.

 

Since he became assistant coach in 2011, the Mountaineers have finished as Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Champions twice and runner-ups twice. They have earned the National Wrestling Coaches Association Academic National Championship as well as the highest team GPA in Division II four seasons ago.

Pipher graduated from Western in May of 2011 with a degree in exercise and sport science and business. He earned his graduate degree in coaching and athletic administration from Concordia University - Irvine (California) in 2015.
 
He and his wife, Ashleigh, also a Western alumna, have a daughter and a son, Finleigh and Arlo.

ASSTISTANT COACH

2x NCAA DII NATIONAL CHAMP

Donovan McMahill, a two-time national champion at Western, is in his seventh season as an assistant coach for the Mountaineers this season.

During his time at Western, McMahill has helped produce 11 NCAA DII All-Americans and one national finalist. He also has been a crucial component of Western's recruiting success. 

Before returning to his Alma matter, McMahill spent the three years as an assistant coach at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE).  During his tenure at SIUE he helped them finish their transition to NCAA Division I and coached their programs first national qualifier.
 
McMahill was the 2011 NCAA Division II National Tournament Outstanding Wrestler and Wrestler of the Year for Western State. He went undefeated at the 197-pound weight class his senior season and completed his career with a 51-match winning streak. McMahill ended his career at Western Colorado as a 3x All-American.
 
McMahill graduated from Western State in 2011 with a bachelor’s in psychology as well as exercise and sports science.  He also earned his master’s degree in Sport Psychology from SIUE in 2013, and works with athletes as a sport psychology consultant. 

He and his wife Emily, also a Western Alumna, have a son named Teague.