May 16, 2012

Bulldog Wrestling Hosts Successful BBQ Fundraiser for Coach Jeff Ragan

Charleston, S.C. – The Citadel wrestling team along with family and friends hosted a successful BBQ fundraiser on Wednesday to support associate head coach Jeff Ragan who is recovering from kidney transplant surgery last month.

More than 150 friends, co-workers and colleagues came out to support Ragan and enjoy a feast of barbeque chicken, potato salad and baked beans on the concourse at Johnson Hagood Stadium. The donations are being used to defray the medical costs associated with Ragan's April 4 surgery.

"On behalf of The Citadel wrestling team, family and friends, I would like to thank everyone for coming out to help today and support Jeff," said Bulldog head coach Rob Hjerling.

A husband and father of two, Ragan was an All-American wrestler at Oklahoma State and is also an adjunct math professor at The Citadel who runs the school's math lab and coordinates The Citadel's summer wrestling camp.

Ragan received a kidney from his brother, Brad, a former Bulldog wrestler and a 2006 graduate of The Citadel with a degree in civil engineering who is currently serving in the United States Air Force as a pilot with a rank of Captain. 

Most recently, Ragan accepted an invitation by the National Kidney Foundation to share his story with doctors, nurses and kidney transplant patients on Sept. 13 in Columbia, S.C.

Check out the photos here!

For information on Ragan or Bulldog wrestling, visit the official website of The Citadel Athletics at www.citadelsports.com.