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Coaching Courses & Resources Directory

The NWCA offers a wide range of coaching courses, resources and other tools for coaches from the youth to the college level. The NWCA has collaborated with many of the nation’s top coaching development experts, sports science researchers, academia scholars and wrestling coaches to develop a comprehensive list of coaching development products and services that meets the needs of coaches from the youth to college levels. Learn about each of these courses and how any coach could benefit from the tools.

Collegiate Coaching Courses:

NWCA Leadership Academy Learn More
Dan Gould TBD Edwardsville, IL & Daytona Beach, FL

The NWCA, through a collaborative effort with internationally renowned coaching development expert, Dr. Dan Gould at Michigan State University, has constructed a gold standard leadership program to help college coaches accomplish the following: Strengthen their CEO skills, strengthen alignment of wrestling programs with educational values and insulate their programs from being discontinued.

"The best wrestling minds in the country were in that room. I came back inspired from speakers from Lt. General Steele to Dan Gable and everyone in between, that room contained the battle lines of the profession. It was about the off the mat challenges we face, not about the technique we teach. The NWCA Leadership Academy is the “Gold Standard” of being a coach today. When I began coaching the ability to connect with people like this all in one place did not exist."

- Jim Miller, Former Head Coach Wartburg College

collegiate Coaching Resources:

Collegiate Best Practices Academic Manual Learn More

The NWCA collaborated with academic officials at top colleges to create a comprehensive manual that serves as a resource for new coaches looking to develop systems to ensure academic success and veteran coaches hoping to find another competitive edge. This manual will help coaches ensure that their college wrestlers have the tools and systems to be successful undergraduate students.

NWCA Marketing Resource Manual Learn More

Elite Level Sport Marketing (ELSM) partnered with the NCAA and NWCA to create a Marketing Manual resource that provides coaches with a step-by-step kit designed to help make their wrestling programs more relevant in their schools and communities.

College Coaches Resource Manual Learn More

The NWCA, through a collaborative effort with many of the top college coaches in the nation, provides a resource notebook for college coaches. This manual is intended to serve as a “standard code of operating procedure manual” for a college wrestling program. All of the information needed to execute an administrative task is organized neatly in a chapter format.

"The Coaches Resource Manual is a great resource for coaches at any and all levels. I’ve used it to help me in building our intercollegiate team, club, promoting our events, running camps and essentially every other aspect of operating our program. I cannot recommend any other source of information more highly than this collection of knowledge."

- Rob Koll, Head Coach – Cornell University

Scholastic Coaching Courses

Student Athlete Captain’s Course Learn More
Dr. Tom Kane TBD Online Course

The NWCA, through a partnership with nationally renowned professor, Dr. Tom Kane, has developed an innovative, online leader training course uniquely designed for student-wrestlers at the junior high, high school and collegiate level. This course takes about 2 hours to complete and would be an ideal “pre-requisite” for any student-wrestler who wants to be a team captain. Too often, we ask young people to be team captains without providing them with any formal leadership training. This online program is designed to help student-wrestlers learn the following leadership principles:

  • The nature of what team leadership really is
  • How to earn the respect that anchors quality leadership
  • General actions that exceptional leaders take
  • How to build the confidence and morale of teammates
  • How to reinforce a “team first” attitude
  • When to intervene or take action as a leader
  • What to do when serious team issues arise

"In our program our captains are servant leaders and before they can even be eligible for consideration they are required to complete the NWCA Student-Athlete Captain's Course. This training is vital to our program accomplishing our mission and goals and is considered to be just as important as proper wrestling technique."

- Nate Naasz, Assistant Wrestling Coach— Beloit Jr/Sr High School, KS
Scholastic Coaches Manual Learn More
TBD Online Course

The NWCA, through a collaborative effort with nationally renowned high school coaches Dave Crowell (Nazareth, PA) and Dave Caslow (Philipsburg, PA), has developed the ultimate resource guide for the junior high or high school coach. With over 50 years of coaching experience and over 750 combined wins, the two legends have designed the resource to serve as a “standard code of operating procedure” for junior high and high school wrestling programs.

"The NWCA has put together a very comprehensive coaches manual that is a great resource for wrestling coaches. Every H.S. wrestling coach should take advantage of this program."

- John Reynolds, Greenville High School, PA
Risk Management in Wrestling Course Learn More
TBD Online Course

Learn best practices for reducing risk in your wrestling room.

scholastic Coaching Resources:

Recruitment and Retention Course Learn More

This 45-minute online course is designed to help the scholastic wrestling coach understand the following principals:

  • Best practices for motivating student-wrestlers at various ages
  • Concepts for keeping wrestling fun
  • Ideas on how to provide student-wrestlers with constructive feedback
  • Recognition of when and how to introduce students at various to competition
NWCA Marketing Resource Manual Learn More

Elite Level Sport Marketing (ELSM) partnered with the NCAA and NWCA to create a Marketing Manual resource that provides coaches with a step-by-step kit designed to help make their wrestling programs more relevant in their schools and communities.

NFHS Fundamentals of Coaching Course Learn More

This 2-hour online course is designed in collaboration with the NFHS and is ideal for any junior high or high school coaches with less than 5 years of head coaching experience. This course is uniquely designed to help the coach understand the key principles of running a successful high school wrestling program.

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Practice Planner Learn More

The practice planner is a web-based, mobile friendly tool that contains detailed lesson plans for the entire season with over 300 embedded videos. This tool is designed to help head high school coaches standardize what is being taught at each age group level in their communities. It is also perfectly suited for seasoned veteran coaches to leave behind as part of a succession plan upon retirement.

  • Increase productivity and organization
  • Upload your own technique videos
  • Share with coaches, wrestlers and parents
  • Standardized your program across all levels
  • Customize and build your own practice database

"After previewing the NWCA’s Practice Planner I decided to purchase it and share it with my assistant coaches. We coach three levels of wrestling at my high school. Each is coached by a different assistant and they have their own technique and things they teach. After sharing the Planner with my staff all of us were amazed at the organization and comprehensive elements of wrestling presented in the Practice Planner. Great job NWCA!"

- Bryan Smith, Head Coach – Moon Valley High School, AZ

Youth Coaching Courses

Student Athlete Captain’s Course Learn More
Dr. Tom Kane TBD Online Course

The NWCA, through a partnership with nationally renowned professor, Dr. Tom Kane, has developed an innovative, online leader training course uniquely designed for student-wrestlers at the junior high, high school and collegiate level. This course takes about 2 hours to complete and would be an ideal “pre-requisite” for any student-wrestler who wants to be a team captain. Too often, we ask young people to be team captains without providing them with any formal leadership training. This online program is designed to help student-wrestlers learn the following leadership principles:

  • The nature of what team leadership really is
  • How to earn the respect that anchors quality leadership
  • General actions that exceptional leaders take
  • How to build the confidence and morale of teammates
  • How to reinforce a “team first” attitude
  • When to intervene or take action as a leader
  • What to do when serious team issues arise

"In our program our captains are servant leaders and before they can even be eligible for consideration they are required to complete the NWCA Student-Athlete Captain's Course. This training is vital to our program accomplishing our mission and goals and is considered to be just as important as proper wrestling technique."

- Nate Naasz, Assistant Wrestling Coach— Beloit Jr/Sr High School, KS
Youth Coaches Manual Learn More
TBD Online Course

The NWCA Youth Wrestling Handbook is your ultimate guide to building and sustaining a strong youth wrestling program. The NWCA youth wrestling handbook was developed in collaboration of the top coaches and youth coaching development experts in the country. Key sections of the handbook include:

  • Selection of Coaching
  • Development of Philosophy
  • Working with Parents
  • Sample Parent Handbook
  • Competition guidelines
  • Sample practice plans
Risk Management in Wrestling Course Learn More
TBD Online Course

Learn best practices for reducing risk in your wrestling room.

youth Coaching Resources:

Recruitment and Retention Course Learn More

This 45-minute online course is designed to help the youth wrestling coach understand the following principals:

  • Best practices for motivating student-wrestlers at various ages
  • Concepts for keeping wrestling fun
  • Ideas on how to provide student-wrestlers with constructive feedback
  • Recognition of when and how to introduce students at various to competition
Practice Planner Learn More

The practice planner is a web-based, mobile friendly tool that contains detailed lesson plans for the entire season with over 300 embedded videos. This tool is designed to help head high school coaches standardize what is being taught at each age group level in their communities. It is also perfectly suited for seasoned veteran coaches to leave behind as part of a succession plan upon retirement.

  • Increase productivity and organization
  • Upload your own technique videos
  • Share with coaches, wrestlers and parents
  • Standardized your program across all levels
  • Customize and build your own practice database

"After previewing the NWCA’s Practice Planner I decided to purchase it and share it with my assistant coaches. We coach three levels of wrestling at my high school. Each is coached by a different assistant and they have their own technique and things they teach. After sharing the Planner with my staff all of us were amazed at the organization and comprehensive elements of wrestling presented in the Practice Planner. Great job NWCA!"

- Bryan Smith, Head Coach – Moon Valley High School, AZ