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|Moore, Smith, Zalesky headline 2007 NWCA Convention|
By Jason Bryant NWCA
The National Wrestling Coaches Association is proud to announce the upcoming NWCA Coaches Convention will be held at the Horizon Casino Resort in Lake Tahoe, Nev., August 17-19.
Presented by Resilite Sports Products, Inc., Cliff Keen Athletic, Asics and Crayhon Research, the NWCA Convention is a yearly meeting of wrestling heads of state, conference and association aimed at identifying and solving issues within the sport of wrestling at the collegiate and high school level.
Highlighting this year's convention are techique sessions offered by Oklahoma State head coach John Smith, Oregon State head coach Jim Zalesky and 2007 NCAA Champion Derek Moore of UC Davis.
"There are numerous things we discuss yearly at the convention," said NWCA Executive Director Mike Moyer. "Some years, there's a heavy emphasis on weight management, others, the emphasis is on program entrenchment."
"It's a place where we can hammer out our plans for the sport and see if we can make a positive change where change needs to be made," said Moyer.
From the Pac-10, Zalesky just finished his first season at Oregon State and was the recipient of the Conference Coach of the Year. Smith, a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and former NCAA Coach of the Year, will also present.
"We've got two of the best wrestling minds in the nation as clinicians, that's pretty hard to beat," said Mirikitani.
UC Davis crowned its first All-American and NCAA champion in 2007 as Derek Moore dominated the 141-pound weight class en route to the title. He was also named the tournament's Outstanding Wrestler. Moore will be the third technique clinician at this year's event.
"Derek's a California native and thrived at UC Davis under coach Lennie Zalesky," said Moyer. "He stayed home and won a title, and was dominant in doing so. We're really proud to have him on board this year."
As with past NWCA Conventions, seminars have been set up to help educate coaches and create a dialog with some of the sport's most concerning issues.
The cornerstone of the 2007 convention will be the development of a strategic plan for wrestling. The plan will take into account the following: Legislative issues, championship qualifier allocation models, increasing competition dates and adjusting schedules, understanding the Academic Progress Rate (APR), change of season, NATA skin disease seminar, presentations by the U.S. Marine Corps, weight management, information regarding recruiting and scholarships and rules discussions from the NFHS and NCAA.
"There's really something for every coach," said NWCA President Ron Mirikitani. "If I'm a high school coach that's new to the weight management, I can understand it here. If I'm a college coach with APR concerns at the NCAA level, I can get more info here."
"Plus, it's a way to bring the wife and kids along on a wrestling trip and let them have some fun in a beautiful setting," added Moyer.
In addition to the technique sessions, NCAA Rules Committee Chair Brad Traviola and NCAA Rules Editor Bob Bubb will present. On the scholastic side of things, NFHS Assistant Director Bob Colgate will again join the convention to discuss issues, rule changes and directives.
Neil Turner, Director of Coaching Education Development for the NWCA, will also be presenting a seminar on initiatives that are crucial for the scholastic coach to understand and implement into their respective programs. There will also be an informational seminar on skin diseases, prevention and management for the scholastic level.
Registration is $225 per person for collegiate coaches, which includes technique sessions, convention notebook, two social tickets, two lunch tickets and a convention gift. The rate for high school coaches is $150 and includes technique sessions, conveniton notebook, two social tickets, one lunch ticket and a convention gift.
Information about the event, hotel room rates & lodging info, event schedules, online registration and things to do around Tahoe are available at: