USA Wrestling Expanded coaches edu...

Expanded coaches education opportunities planned for 2009 season

By Gary Abbott | March 04, 2009, 10:04 a.m. (ET)

Through its National Coaches Education Program (NCEP), USA Wrestling is proud to present an expanded schedule of coaching education opportunity to its member coaches and the entire wrestling community.

"We are trying to make a truly educational program, where coaches really get value from the National Coaches Education Program and coaches membership with USA Wrestling" said NCEP Manager Sam Barber. "We will end up producing better educated coaches and more successful athletes. It is directly connected with our mission of winning more international medals."

Two NCEP Silver Colleges are planned. The first will be alongside the World Team Trials, presented by the U.S. Marines, in Cedar Falls, Iowa, May 27-31. The second will be held alongside the World Team Training Camp in Colorado Springs, Colo., August 28-30.

"These are the best coaches clinics in the nation," said Barber. "Our staff features the top coaches in the nation, and we will bring in other key experts on a variety of topics.

There are currently 13 NCEP Bronze clinics planned, with more expected throughout the season. Two of the NCEP Bronze clinics are hosted online.

Coaches need a bronze certification to coach at the Cadet and Junior National competitions and Junior Regionals. In addition, a coach must be bronze certified to become a member of the National Coaches Pool and receive an international tour assignment.

Among the other activities are:

- Webinars, including a newly added program for April 1.

- NCEP Copper clinics across the nation. Please note you need Copper certification to coach at a Cadet Regional.

- Coaches Summits, with the Women's Spring Coaches Summit set for March 12-15, and the Fall Coaches Summit set for October 22-25.

- Free clinics for member coaches including one held alongside the NCAA Championships in St. Louis, Mo. on March 20

- The new Coaches Apprentice Program, which allows coaches to become part of a U.S. international tour team delegation.

- A new partnership with Coaches of Excellence to provide education on character-based coaching.

- Expanded online video instruction including technique, tactics and more.

Check out the following coaching education opportunities, by clicking on the link for each activity.

State leaders who have planned coaches education clinics and wish to have their clinic appear on the national schedule should contact Sam Barber with full details via phone at 719-659-9637 or by email at

For updated information on coaches education, visit the Coaches Corner on on a regular basis at:
Coaches Corner section

04/01/2009 - Topic to be announced
Note: Recorded version of Feb. 4 webinar on Peaking for Podium Performance is available for $5. Contact Sam Barber at

Silver Colleges
May 27-31 - World Team Trials Silver College
August 28-30 - World Team Training Camp Silver College

Bronze Clinics
02/19/2009 - River Falls, Wisconsin
02/25/2009 & 02/26/2009- On Line
03/01/2009 - UW - Oshkosh, Wisconsin
03/13/2009 - Huntington, Indiana
03/28/2009 - Battle Ground, Washington
04/07/2009 - Las Vegas, Nevada
04/24/2009 - Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
04/25/2009 - Indianapolis, Indiana
04/29/2009 & 04/30/2009 On Line
05/02/2009 - Spokane, Washington
05/09/2009 - Oak Harbor, Washington
05/16/2009 - Auburn, Washington
10/11/2009 - Nashville, Indiana

Copper Clinics
03/06/2009 - Indianapolis, Indiana
03/13/2009 - Huntington, Indiana
03/27/2009 - Madison, Wisconsin
05/01/2009 - Indianapolis, Indiana

Coaches Summits
March 12-15 - Women's Spring Coaches Summit
October 22-25 - Fall Coaches Summit

Coaches Apprentice Program
Coaches Apprentice Program Information

Free Clinics
03/19/2009 - Free clinic at NCAA Championships featuring National Coaches

Coaches of Excellence partnership
Coaches of Excellence Institute program details