Itasca Coach David Copp, is one of 24 coaches who have been selected to join the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Coaching Leadership Academy.
In its fourth year of existence, a modified Academy curriculum is being offered to college coaches who are currently coaching at or wish to pursue coaching positions.
The Academy Workshop represents a collaborated effort between the NWCA and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes – Wrestling Ministry (FCA). Carl Perry, the new FCA National Director for wrestling, will oversee the delivery of the faith-based component of the curriculum.
The two-day workshop is being hosted by FCA Board member, Mark Mestemacher and the staff at the Jon Davis Wrestling Center in Edwardsville, Ill on May 29-31. This is the third year that Mestemacher has hosted this event in his wrestling specific facility.
The NWCA and FCA-Wrestling have awarded a full “scholarship” to each of the coaches which covers transportation, meals, lodging, and tuition.
Joining Coach Copp and the other 23 coaches will be six mentors and three presenters who will be in attendance to convey the important lessons that life has taught them.
The group will be facilitated by Dr. Dan Gould of Michigan State University a nationally renowned coaching development expert and the architect of the NWCA Leadership Academy.
Mentors for the FCA Workshop include head coaches Tim Dernlan of Ashland University, Steve Garland of the University of Virigina, Heath Eslinger of Chattanooga, and Franky James of Campbellsville University. Other mentors are former head coach at Liberty University, Jesse Castro, and Jack Spates, former head coach at the University of Oklahoma.
Guest speakers for this workshop are former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert and 1963 NCAA National Wrestilng Champion and two-time All-American Tom Jarman.
Hastert wrestled collegiately at Wheaton College and then went on to teach and coach. He was elected as Speaker of the House of Representatives in 1999 and remains the longest serving Republican speaker in history.
Jarman is the former head coach and Athletic Director at Manchester College. The co-author of Wrestling for Beginners, which remains one of the top-selling books for young wrestlers, Jarman also competed collegiately at Wheaton.