Makovsky Named NWCA Region Coach of the Year

Manheim, Pa. – The National Wrestling Coaches Association has announced that Jim Makovsky as the Division II Super Region V Regional Coach of the Year winner as selected by his peers in his respective region. This award is presented to the coach that has demonstrated outstanding effort throughout the season in developing and elevating their program on campus and in the community. The award is presented by Defense Soap, the official Hygiene partner of the NWCA.

Makovsky has been coaching at Minnesota State for twenty-six years and led his team to a 9-2 dual meet record this year. Off the mat, Coach Makovsky and his team are very active in their community while helping in the following organization, Student-Athletic Advisory Committee, Mankato Marathon, Kiwanis Holiday Lights, Youth Wrestling Officiating, and Youth Clinics/talks. The team also has a combined team GPA of 3.16.

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Guillotine Grapevine Podcast: Minnesota State-Mankato head coach Jim Makovsky

With over 30 years of coaching experience, the last 26 at Minnesota State in Mankato, it was inevitable Jim Makovsky would reach 300 victories. Now standing at 302 career coaching victories, with 279 of them in Mankato, Makovsky talks about what led him to a career in coaching from his time at Valley City State, how he quit his job, proposed to his wife and pulled all his money out of the bank – on the same day.

A music aficionado, the interview almost got derailed early talking about Minnesota concert venues. A likable and ethical coach, Makovsky talks about the challenges and benefits of choosing Division II and Minnesota State-Mankato as a student-athlete. He also tells the story behind how he ended up giving back a half-point at the 2008 NCAA Division II championships due to a scoring error he found, and what the ramifications of that move actually were.

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One-on-One with Jim Makovsky

Jim Makovsky’s Minnesota State wrestling program remains one of the best at the NCAA Division II level.

His Maverick teams have finished in the top 10 in the country 17 times, including a pair of NCAA runner-up team finishes. He’s coached 10 national champions and 89 All-Americans.

Makovsky, 52, a member of the NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame, has started his 26th season in Mankato with another strong team.

The Mavericks are ranked sixth nationally in Division II. Continue reading at intermatwrestle.com