Author Topic: Wrestling Needs to Improve its Image  (Read 525 times)

Drooke

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Wrestling Needs to Improve its Image
« on: January 14, 2011, 11:16:04 PM »
Hey folks I pulled this off of the Indianamat.com site and thought some of you might find it of interest...

The message below in quotes comes from John Licata, who is the NWCA Coaches  Coordinator. 

"I am in receipt of some constructive criticism that resulted from our NWCA National Dual Tourney hosted this past weekend in Iowa.

This will be addressed to all the Collegiate Coaches that are involved in the NWCA Leadership Academy. I am including all the State Leaders and State Reps, as all of us can have a positive impact at our schools in our states.

The concerns that were expressed are as follows:

Coaches in the corners wearing Jeans.

Ball caps worn by coaches.

Coaches poorly groomed.

Coaches spitting dip into paper cups.

Wrestlers littering through out the arena.

Wrestlers using profane language.

I have no doubt that these were the actions of very few and some what isolated.. That being true, non the less, I wanted to raise the awareness. Additionally, being a leader by example may not be enough?  Addressing the situation in a professional manner while it occurs may not be comfortable for some, but still useful. Lets hold each other accountable and not accept anything less.

We recognize that a coach may not want to wear a suit and tie for  the long day and due to nature of our sport's physicality. However we can sure dress in a professional manner.

At the Duals we had more media than any event other than the Olympics and Nationals. We must portray our sport in a better fashion to be accepted by the mainstream media.

The product you allow is a direct reflection on you as the coach and your institution. It is also a reflection on all coaches and the NWCA.

We should do better!!

John Licata

John Licata
Coaching Coordinator"

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Re: Wrestling Needs to Improve its Image
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2011, 11:30:58 PM »
We must portray our sport in a better fashion to be accepted by the mainstream media.

we do?

because why? we're wearing jeans and dipping?

gimme a break.

we could wear suits and say 'yes ma'am' to everything and it wouldn't elevate wrestling to anything more than it already is.

i'd choose wrestling folk over everyone else, including all the high revenue sports coaches who say all the right things on camera and turn around and commit egregious ncaa violations.

i mean really? we're talking about the way coaches dress?
« Last Edit: January 14, 2011, 11:32:48 PM by The Du »
...talking to myself cause im the only one worth consulting...

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Re: Wrestling Needs to Improve its Image
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2011, 11:34:12 PM »
I did find this in a HS section so I do understand the zero tolerance on tobacco.....but I posted it here because he was sending copies to the College Coaches that are asscociated with the NWCA Leadership Academy.