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Coaches
May 30th, 2018| Written by: Editor

 

 

Coaches

Coaches live and die with their kids on the mat.  For those who have never coached, it is often a gut-wrenching experience to sit on the corner of the mat and hope your wrestler hears what you are saying.  Yet they will fight for their wrestlers to the point of risking unsportsmanlike conduct warnings or penalties, and risk being evicted from the building.  But coaches are also in the practice rooms every day, and many wrestling "live" with their kids even in advanced years (48 for the editor).  Often, by whipping their kids they exhibit why their wrestlers need go through the rigors of everyday practice.  Most of them did the same thing for their coaches in the past, although being older and having a more "cooked" brain makes figuring out what to do against a high school-age kid much easier.  The bonds between coaches and their wrestlers rarely end as a wrestler graduates from high school.  Contact a coach 20 years after leaving his practice room and he will not only remember who you are, but will usually do anything in his power to assist you with whatever problems you may face.

Many coaches, particularly for smaller programs, get paid a stipend for coaching if they get paid at all.  Most coaches, even in larger programs, will spend more of their own money than they are paid by their schools.  Coaches just do that as a payment back to the sport that taught them so much about themselves and as an opportunity to instill those values into other kids.  Whether by coaching, officiating, organizing and running events, ex-wrestlers do things for the sake of the sport, not for recognition whether it be money or Pulitzers.  It is what they do, plain and simple.

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