Over the past 3 days the wrestling coaching staff, Head Coach Spencer Adams, Assistant Coach Gary Canter, and Graduate Assistant Brandon Sellers, attended the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The coaching staff took the trip to in order to enhance their coaching skills by working with coaches from across the United States.
This NWCA conference hosts about 300 college coaches across the nation from NCAA Division 1, 2, and 3,along with NJCAA, NAIA, and the NCWA. Present among these coaches and clinicians were Zeke Jones (former Team USA National/Olympic Freestyle Wrestling Coach), Sammie Henson (World Champion for Team USA), Kyle Dake (4X NCAA Champion and Member of Team USA), Bob Bowlsby (Commissioner of the Big 12 Conference) and Mike Moyer (President of the National Wrestling Coaches Association).
Some of the sessions attended by the St. Catharine Wrestling Coaching Staff included; -Improving Graduations and Retention Rates -Communicating Wrestling's Importance to School Administrations and Community Members -Sustaining a College Wrestling Program in the First 3 Years -Creative Strategies to Build Interest in the Program -Hiring & Managing Assistant Coaches -The Power of Branding in Building Relationships & Energy in a Program -Sports Nutrition and Weight Management -Developing a Championship Level Culture -Strategies for Developing More Confident, Consistent and Coachable Athletes -Issues Surrounding Women's Wrestling -Benefits & Shortfalls of Social Media -Meeting the Unique Team Needs of All Wrestlers on Your Team & Team Cohesion -How to Build Unstoppable Confidence -Best/Worst Things to Say to Student-Athletes.
When asked about his experience, Head Coach Spencer Adams fervently replied, "What a phenomenal conference! I think it was a great way to learn the ins and outs of a successful collegiate program and how to go about achieving success on every level. This conference was exactly what we as a coaching staff needed as we prepare for the arrival of our student-athletes on campus and for our inaugural year as a program".