Tue, Jul. 10, 2012 - [Wrestling]
Loras College assistant wrestling coach Ryan Birt learned on Monday that he was selected as one of 45 participants in the fourth annual National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Coaching Leadership Academy in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The event is being held August 1-2 ahead of the 2012 NWCA Convention. Birt received a full scholarship for the event.
"I am very excited to be a part of this group at the convention," Birt said on Monday.
"Coach Steward has recently been a president of the NWCA's Division III group and he is among many within the organization who support this program and what it does to promote wrestling."
The academy is designed to offer peer group discussions, develop best practices, and offer coaches an opportunity to align their teams and programs with core educational values. It includes a group of a dozen ‘mentors' who will also attend the academy. Dr. Dan Gould of Michigan State University and his staff will be facilitating the event and its discussions.
"This is icing on the cake for me," Birt added. "I feel like we've got a lot of momentum building in our program right now. We've got about 30 guys coming into the program this fall and some nice things happening with some new equipment and in our (wrestling) room. This is a chance for me to focus the excitement I have right now in a place where I am going to be able to bring back things that will help our guys to be better students and better athletes."
"The reality is we are not a high revenue sport and we do face some unique challenges," Birt said Monday. "This is a chance to share ideas about promotion, fundraising, and a lot of other topics."
The NWCA cites their three ‘core competencies' as coaching development, student-athlete welfare, and promotion of wrestling. This is the fourth annual Coaching Leadership Academy hosted by the NWCA.