August 2020 Events Update

By Dan Weaver, Director of External Operations

On July 29-31st, the NWCA put on their first-ever Virtual Convention, presented by Defense Soap, Cliff Keen, and Resilite. The 2020 Convention had over 650 registrants, including coaches from all levels; College, High School, Youth, Officials, and Athletic Trainers. While going Virtual, this allowed the NWCA to have more presenters and a higher volume of presentations and tracks for every segment of coach, athletic trainer, and official. With over eight-five presenters, the attendees had many presentations to choose from, including but not limited to; three fantastic keynote presentations, two COVID-19 presentations, a presentation on balancing work-life and motherhood, character, and mentoring presentations, and many more. With the virtual platform, presentations could be done live over the ZOOM platform or pre-recorded. Both platforms allowed for participants to join a question and answer section after or during each presentation. All attendees also could view the exhibit hall and see the many exhibitors that showed off their products or services.

Another great opportunity that registrants have is to go back into the Virtual Convention platform, VConference, and use their login information to access the on-demand section of the Convention. The on-demand section allows any registrant to go back and watch any presentation that they may have missed, or just wanted to watch again. The only thing the registrants do not get is the Question and Answer portion associated with each presentation. Another huge thank you to our presenting sponsors, Defense Soap, Cliff Keen, and Resilite; without their support, this virtual Convention would not have been possible. Although this year has been full of virtual conventions and zoom meetings, the NWCA held its annual Collegiate Leadership Academy in Edwardsville, Illinois, full of social distancing and mask-wearing.

August 3-5 saw over thirty college head and assistant coaches come together for the annual Collegiate Leadership Academy. On Monday the 3rd, Heath Eslinger, retired Tennessee Chattanooga head wrestling coach, led a group in a four-hour session through the FCA on Faith-Based Leadership. The next two days consisted of ten mentor coaches, current Maryville Head Coach Mike Denney, retired Oklahoma Coach Jack Spates, and present Life University Head Coach Ashley Sword, to name a few, leading their mentees through a CEO training to help better themselves as coaches and providing knowledge to help grow their program and the sport of wrestling. To date, over 750 head and assistant college coaches have attended the Collegiate CEO Leadership Academy. Stay tuned for more information on how to apply for the 2021 Collegiate CEO Leadership Academy. That is all for now, until next month, where we hope to have new products and services for our member coaches.

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