Maj. Tom Tingley enters his third season as an assistant wrestling coach at the Academy. In addition to his coaching duties, he is a combatives course director and instructor, as well as Chief of the Scheduling and Grading Division.
Tingley has been recognized by head coach Joel Sharratt as a significant contributor to the program's success during the 2007-08 season. After a sixth-place finish at the NCAA West Regional in 2007, the Falcons turned things around last year, capturing a second-place finish at the 2008 NCAA West Regional. Air Force's finish matched their best-ever showing at the tournament (as they also placed second in 2003). In addition, the Falcons sent four wrestlers to the NCAA Championships for the third time in the past four seasons.
Tingley was a four-year varsity starter and letterwinner at USAFA. He was team captain his senior year, Western Athletic Conference (WAC) champion at 118 pounds and NCAA qualifier in 1990.
While on active duty, Tingley continued to wrestle for the All-Air Force team between 1991-1996, winning multiple medals at the U.S. Armed Forces Championship. Tingley placed four times at the U.S. National Championship and competed for the U.S. Armed Forces at the Counseil International Sport Militaire (CISM) - military world championship. Tingley also competed at the U.S. World Team Trials in 1993-95 and the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in 1992.
From 1998-2006, Tingley served as the assistant coach of the All-Air Force Wrestling team, coaching several Armed Forces gold medalists and one U.S. National champion. He also represents the United States on the CISM wrestling committee and served as the liaison/coach of the U.S. team at the 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2008 CISM World Championships.
Since his graduation from the Academy, Tingley has completed many different assignments. After attending Communications Officer training school at Keesler AFB, Miss., he became an intelligence analyst at the National Air Intelligence Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. He has also served as classified network manager at USSPACECOM/NORAD at Peterson AFB and Cheyenne Mountain AS, Colo., as test planner/director at the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center, Kirtland AFB, N.M., and a communications flight commander at Buckley AFB, Colo. While at Buckley, he deployed to US Central Command in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and later went to Europe to serve as a division chief and the US senior national representative in the Information Technology Wing, for NATO's Early Warning and Control Force, in Geilenkirchen, Germany. In addition, Tingley earned a masters degree in systems management from the Air Force Institute of Technology.
Tingley resides in Colorado Springs with his wife, Joette, three sons, Joshua (10), Zachary (8) and Mitchell (3), and daughter, Autumn, who was born in December 2007.