NWCA Convention set for Delray Beach Fla Aug 5 8

By Tammy Tedesco | Aug. 04, 2010, 10:44 a.m. (ET)
The National Wrestling Coaches Association is pleased to announce their 2010 Annual Convention, to be held at the Delray Beach Marriott in Delray Beach, Florida on August 5-8th.

This year's convention features many informative sessions that will be beneficial to both the scholastic and collegiate coaching communities.

The NWCA Convention is the time for coaches to interact with one another outside of the wrestling season, paired with informational sessions on how to take a more proactive approach to being the coach and "CEO" of your team. This year's focus for the collegiate divisions is, "To Protect and Promote Your College Program." Scholastic Coaches will focus on: Leadership and building a successful program.

For the Scholastic Coach:

* Sports nutrition for the high school wrestler
* How to successfully deal with difficult parents
* Building a program from the ground up - Kevin Dresser
* NFHS rules review
* Mental Preparation for Wrestling Success (sports psychology)

For the Collegiate Coach:

* Strategic planning session to discuss various national duals formats - VERY IMPORTANT FOR ALL COACHES TO ATTEND

* Use of social media to Market your program
* Effectively working with your Administration
* Mental Preparation for Wrestling Success
* Building a foundation to sustain your program
* Ethics in Wrestling

Highlighting this year's event will be Coach Bill Lam as the Featured speaker Saturday, August 7th at noon. The most successful coach in the history of North Carolina wrestling history has turned his passion towards motivating others whether that be in the workplace or in athletics. Coach Lam holds a Lifetime Service Award from the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Also addressing the convention attendees will be Dan Gould the Director of the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports and a Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the Michigan State University. Gould is a professor with a specialty in applied sport psychology. He has co-authored two books, Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology (with Bob Weinberg) and Understanding Psychological Preparation for Sport: Theory and Practice of Elite Performers (with Lew Hardy and Graham Jones).

Gould partnered with the NWCA in 2008 to aid in the development of the Coaching Education Programs and the NWCA Leadership Academy.

The featured clinicians are Rob Koll of Cornell University and Pat Santoro of Lehigh University, both coaches have produced many talented college wrestlers along with promoting their teams to the community.

Coach Koll has been at the helm of the Cornell program for the past 16 years, a former NCAA Champion and National Coach of the Year recipient. He has brought the Cornell program to new heights during his tenure. Koll has also been an integral part of the NWCA Coaching Leadership Academy where he has served as a mentor.

Coach Santoro is entering his third season as the head coach at Lehigh University. He has been awarded the NWCA Assistant Coach of the Year award, along with being named ACC Coach of the Year.

Virginia Tech head coach Kevin Dresser will be a featured guest speaker for this year's scholastic convention. Not only has Dresser begun to experience success at the collegiate level, but he built a name for himself in coaching when he built the Grundy High School (VA) and Christiansburg High School (VA) programs into powerhouses. In his ten years at Christiansburg he won the State AA title five times and claimed second place three times.

There will be an Exhibitor Showcase taking place as well in Seacrest Ballroom on both Friday and Saturday, with wrestling specific products: Anthony Travel, Asics, Brute, Cleatskins, Cliff Keen Athletic, Clinch Gear, Germinator, Hibiclens, Live Sports Video, Resilite, RIOT Sports Marketing, WIN Magazine, and World Wide Sports Supply.

Space is still available for coaches wishing to attend, registration can be completed online. The full convention registration is $225; there is a $50 discount for multiple coaches from the same school with the purchase of one full registration. For more information on the NWCA Convention you can contact the NWCA Office at 717-653-8009 or by going to our website at www.nwcaonline.com.

The National Wrestling Coaches Association, established in 1928, is a non-profit organization for the advancement of all levels of the sport of wrestling with primary emphasis on developing coaches who work in academic environments. The membership embraces all people interested in amateur wrestling.

The three core competencies of the NWCA are: Coaching Development, student-athlete welfare, and promotion of wrestling.