Oregon’s Lander, Illinois’ Eastman named NWCA National Scholastic Coaches of the Year

By Jason Bryant, NWCA | May 15, 2017, 12:50 p.m. (ET)

Manheim, Pennsylvania – The National Wrestling Coaches Association has announced its annual scholastic coaching award winners for 2016-17.

Roseburg (Oregon) High School head coach Steven Lander has been named the NWCA Scholastic Coach of the Year while Dixon (Illinois) High School assistant coach William Eastman has been named NWCA Scholastic Assistant Coach of the Year.

Roseburg’s tradition is steeped in excellence and this past season was no exception. In a state that allows two entries per weight class, Roseburg nearly had a perfect season, qualifying 27 of 28 possible wrestlers to the state championship and placed 13 wrestlers in the top six with seven wrestlers reaching the finals. Of those seven, four would win state championships, giving Roseburg its ninth 6A state title in the last 11 years.

Lander has also spent the past 23 years as the Junior Director for Oregon Wrestling Association and as the national team coach for the Oregon Junior and Cadet teams. In Fargo, he’s led his wrestlers to 25 individual medals and has coached countless state champions and state placewinners over the course of his 28 years at Roseburg.

“There are iconic programs all around the country,” said NWCA Executive Director Mike Moyer. “When you look at the landscape of high school wrestling in Oregon, Roseburg High School and Coach Lander set a standard that’s hard to top.”

Eastman has been a fixture coaching at Dixon High School in Dixon, Illinois, for a half-century. In 50 years at the school, Eastman has never been paid for his time coaching and mentoring kids. It’s a lesson in volunteerism and passion for the sport of wrestling. This season, the school of 800 students near the Rock River, made history by reaching the Illinois Dual Team Championships for the first time in school history. Dixon ultimately finished third with the assistance of Eastman.

“When you have someone involved in the sport as long as Coach Eastman has, there’s a respect and there’s an admiration there,” said Moyer. “In an era where we can see some coaches leaving because of the financial strain it causes, we have lifers like Coach Eastman. His value to wrestling and those kids at Dixon is more than any dollar amount can signify.”

Lander and Eastman were chosen from the eight section winners, which come from each state’s respective coaches association. Other NWCA Section Coach of the Year Award winners were: Ray Adams of Long Beach High School in New York (Section 1), Dave Crowell of Nazareth Area High School in Pennsylvania (Section 2), Bobby Shriner of Orange High School in North Carolina (Section 3), Kevin Milder of Lena-Winslow High School in Illinois (Section 4), Doug Denson of Millard South in Nebraska (Section 5), Sam Frederico of Pomona High School in Colorado (Section 6) and Troy Tirapelle of Buchanan High School in California (Section 7).

Winners along with Eastman for the NWCA Section Assistant Coach of the Year were: Steve LoFaso of Liverpool High School in New York, Adam Colombo of Nazareth Area High School in Pennsylvania, William Evans of Richmond Hill High School in Georgia, Shawn Bammes of Manhattan High School in Kansas, Herb Stinson of Aztec High School in New Mexico, Morgan Robertson of Bear River High School in Utah, Tomas Rosa of Sweet Home High School in Oregon and Andy Knutson of Lake Stevens High School in Washington (Section 8).

Section Award Winners

State Section Name School
Coach of the Year
New York Section 1 Ray Adams Long Beach
Pennsylvania Section 2 Dave Crowell Nazareth Area
North Carolina Section 3 Bobby Shriner Orange
Illinois Section 4 Kevin Milder Lena-Winslow
Nebraska Section 5 Doug Denson MIllard South
Colorado Section 6 Sam Federico Pomona
California Section 7 Troy Tirapelle Buchanan
Oregon Section 8 Steven J. Lander Roseburg
Assistant Coach of the Year
New York Section 1 Steve LoFaso Liverpool
Pennsylvania Section 2 Adam Colombo Nazareth Area
Georgia Section 3 William Evans Richmond Hill
Illinois Section 4 William Eastman Dixon
Kansas Section 5 Shawn Bammes Manhattan
New Mexico Section 6 Herb Stinson Aztec
Utah Section 7 Morgan Robertson Bear River
Washington Section 8 Andy Knutson Lake Stevens


State Winners

State Section COY School ACOY School
Maine Section 1 Matt Rix Marshwood High School Chris Smith Deering High
Massachusetts Section 1 Darby McLauglin Springfield Central HS Andrew Ingham Springfield Central HS
New Hampshire Section 1 Adam Langlois Nashua South High School Nick Zeras Concord High School
New Jersey Section 1 John Gagliano Howell High School Andy Iliff Newton HS
New York Section 1 Ray Adams Long Beach High School Steve LoFaso Liverpool HS
Rhode Island Section 1 Tim Clouse LaSalle Academy louis Polseno Smithfield high School
Vermont Section 1 Nick Mayer Mt. Abraham Union HS Joe Daigneault Champlain Valley Union
Delaware Section 2 Phil Shultie Sussex Central Chip Illian Sussex Central
Maryland Section 2 Bryan Hamper South Carroll Kramer Whitelaw Sparrows Point
Ohio Section 2 Dean Conley Canfield HS Christopher Hershberger Bedford High School
Pennsylvania Section 2 Dave Crowell Nazareth Area H.S. Adam Colombo Nazareth
Virginia Section 2 Frank DeBerry Mountain View Rick Jones Robinson Secondary School
West Virginia Section 2 Ken Maisel University HS Jack Doyle Wheeling Park
Alabama Section 3 Rusty Mayfield Cleburne County High School Scott Peavey Oxford High School
Florida Section 3 Matt Markowski Fort Myers Brent George Lake Gibson
Georgia Section 3 Jess Wilder Camden County High School William Evans Richmond Hill High School
Louisiana Section 3 Eric Desormeaux Holy Cross High School Bobby Ledoux, Sr, De La Salle HS
North Carolina Section 3 Bobby Shriner Orange High School Jason Lanning Lake Norman High School
South Carolina Section 3 Chris Brock Fort Mill High School Adam Marullo Fort Mill High School
Tennessee Section 3 Greg Foreman Pigeon Forge HS Mark Strakbein Springhill High School
Illinois Section 4 Kevin Milder Lena-Winslow HS William Eastman Dixon HS
Indiana Section 4 Gary Black Shenandoah Keith Davison Chesterton
Iowa Section 4 Tim Duff Atlantic Chase Roller Atlantic
Michigan Section 4 Nate Ethridge Chippewa Hills High School Trent Ward Carson City Crystal High School
Wisconsin Section 4 Joe Scwabe Statford High School Brian Jandrin/Travis Spude Luxemburg-Casco
Kansas Section 5 Bill Johnson Norton Community High School Shawn Bammes Manhattan High School
Minnesota Section 5 Dalen Wasmund Apple Valley Josh Barlage Apple Valley
Missouri Section 5 Gary Mayabb Staley High School Elisha Bears Staley High School
Nebraska Section 5 Doug Denson MIllard South Duane Dobson Alliance
North Dakota Section 5 Justin Racine Minot Robert Sperry Beach HS
South Dakota Section 5 Shawn Lewis Riggs John Kalda Riggs
Arkansas Section 6 Jerry Evans Searcy Steve Grigsby Bentonville
Colorado Section 6 Sam Federico Pomona Jeremya Dyess Greeley Central
New Mexico Section 6 Evan Copeland Cleveland HS Herb Stinson Aztec
Oklahoma Section 6 Kelly Smith Charles Page /Sand Springs Mike Miller Lawton MacArthur
Texas Section 6 Terry Wright Chisholm Trail John E. Johnson Creekview H.S
Arizona Section 7 Tim Williams Show Low HS Richard Sanchez Sunnyside HS
California Section 7 Troy Tirapelle Buchanan High School Coaching Staff Buchanan High School
Hawaii Section 7 Walden Au Iolani Maika Nagata Punahou
Nevada Section 7 wade pehrson Spring creek high school Dan Dolby Faith Lutheran
Utah Section 7 John Fager Layton High School Morgan Robertson Bear River High School
Alaska Section 8 Todd Hopkins Colony High School Andrew Scrivo Seward High School
Idaho Section 8 Rob Edelblute Lakeland High School
Montana Section 8 Dan Lemer Lincoln County High School Joel Graves Lincoln County High School
Oregon Section 8 Steven J. Lander Roseburg High School Tomas Rosa Sweet Home High School
Washington Section 8 Bob Freund Kelso Andy Knutson Lake Stevens
Wyoming Section 8 Eddie Clark Star Valley High School Winston Patterson Star Valley High School