July 30, 2010



Providence, RI—Rhode Island College Head Wrestling Coach Jay Jones has been named a mentor for the 2010 National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Coaching Leadership Academy Class.


The NWCA is excited to announce that 32 coaches representing all collegiate divisions have been selected to receive scholarships to participate in the Second Annual NWCA Coaching Leadership Academy in Delray Beach, Fla.



 Jones (right) along with assistant coaches Nick Logan (left) and Bob Smith (standing) during the 2009-10 season.


 “With the success of the 2009 Academy, we are looking forward to mentoring another group of outstanding coaches,” said NWCA President Jim Beichner. “Last year’s coaches helped to pave the way and in the process helped us ‘fine tune’ the curriculum.”


The purpose of this Academy is to utilize peer group discussion among college coaches, athletic administrators, and CEOs to develop “best practices” for protecting and strengthening intercollegiate wrestling programs through this challenging economy. Further, the NWCA wants to help coaches better align their programs with educational values.


Nationally renowned coaching development expert, Dr. Dan Gould from Michigan State University along with Senior Associate Athletic Director Derek van der Merwe of Central Michigan University, will be facilitating these discussions.


The NWCA is able to cover the airfare, lodging, meals and convention registration fees for all participants due to the generosity of several wrestling benefactors.


The 2010 Leadership Academy consists of the following coaches: Matthew Azevedo, Alaina Berube, Seth Bloomquist, Matthew Burlingame, Ken Caudell, Sevond Cole, Derek DelPorto, Timothy Dernlan, Ramon Diaz, Daniel Elliott, Ron Headlee, Josh Henson, Eric Keller, Dock Kelly, Jason Loukides, Mike Mendoza, Nick Mitchell, Bob Patnesky, John Petty, Ken Prophete, Ken Ramsey, Matt Sedivy, Nathan Shearer, Michael Simon, Chad Smith, Pat Sole, Walter Ulrich, Marcie Van Dusen, Andy Vogel, Robbie Waller, Kevin Ward, and Mauricio Wright.


Mentors for the 2010 Leadership Academy are as follows: Ron Beaschler, Jim Beichner, Coyte Cooper, Mark Gumble, Dan Harris, Todd Hibbs, Jay Jones, Dave Kemmy, Rob Koll, Jon Laudenslager, John Licata, Jim Makovsky, Jim Miller, Carl Poff, Archie Randall, Frank Romano, Brian Smith, Jack Spates, Rande Stottlemyer, Greg Strobel, Jeff Swenson, Alan Utter, and Billy Walker.


The following 2009 Leadership Academy Coaches have completed the course and will be recognized for their achievement on August 6th: JohnMark Bentley, Ben Berogen, Jason Borrelli, Mark Branch, Brandon Brissette, Shawn Charles, Dax Charles, Heath Eslinger, John Garriques, Trent Goodale, Scott Hawes, Scott Hinkle, Tim Homan, Greg Ilaria, Tony Islas, R.C. LaHaye, Tom Layte, Clint Manny, Risto Marttinen, Joe Pollard, Tom Prairie, Todd Roberts, Ryan Smith, Ben Stehura, Casey Stouffer, Beau Vest and Jason York.


“After our first year of the academy, we had an overwhelming response of coaches that wanted to be chosen for this year. It was hard to narrow down to these thirty-two individuals, but we feel that we have a great group who are willing and eager to learn,” said Mike Moyer Executive Director of the NWCA.


“With the help of Dan Gould, Derek van der Merwe, our many program benefactors, and dedicated mentors, the 2010 Leadership Academy Class will undoubtedly be a fantastic experience.”


 On behalf the NWCA Board of Directors, we would like to encourage all college coaches (head and assistants) to attend the 2010 NWCA Convention scheduled for August 5-8.  Wrestling’s challenges must be solved by wrestling people.  There has never been a more important time for the wrestling community to work together.  We hope that we will see a record attendance this year!


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 Coaching Development, student-athlete welfare, and promotion of wrestling.