Col. William C. Gray to headline the 10th Annual NWCA CEO Leadership Academy keynote; Geiger, Koll also set to speak

Col. William C. Gray to headline the 10th Annual NWCA CEO Leadership Academy keynote; Geiger, Koll also set to speak

 Manheim, Pennsylvania —The National Wrestling Coaches Association is pleased to announce Col. William C. Gray of the United States Marine Corps will give the opening keynote at the annual CEO Collegiate Leadership Academy in Daytona Beach, Florida on August 1-2.

“Like the Marines, we are looking for our next great generation, and we are confident that will happen through our leadership academies that we offer at the collegiate and now scholastic levels.  said NWCA Executive Director Mike Moyer. “It’s important that our coaches have the opportunity to hear lessons regarding leadership from one of our nation’s finest leaders in Col. Gray.”

The CEO Leadership Academy, which will celebrate its 10th year of existence after its creation in 2009 and touts over 550 completers, consists of 10 online educational modules that address general concepts that are important to know when developing an educationally based intercollegiate wrestling program.  An in-person workshop will also be administered whereby coaches will work with their peers to adapt the general concepts to meet the unique needs on their campuses.

The Leadership Academy curriculum is the result of a collaborative effort with Dr. Dan Gould of Michigan State University, a renowned leadership expert. The academy aims to promote and strengthen CEO leadership skills, align wrestling programs with similar educational values and insulate current programs from being eliminated.

Most recently, Col. Gray has taken over as the Commanding Officer of the 6th Marine Corps District (MCD) Recruiting Command which today encompasses the eight southeastern states of Tennessee, the eastern portion of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, and Louisiana as well as Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Its primary mission is command and control of recruiting within the southeastern United States. which is based out of Parris Island, S.C.

Prior to this command, Col. Gray was commissioned in 1993 and in his twenty-five years in the US Marine Corps, he has served in various division level billets while being an Officer-in-Charge in Bosnia and the Mediterranean.  Gray was a Platoon commander and has held multiple Commanding Officer (CO) positions including a stint leading the Recruiting Station Fort Worth.  While in Fort Worth, the Station under his command won the Commandant’s Superior Achiever aware each year.  Following his time as the Commanding Officer of the Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 40 in Afghanistan, Col. Gray attended the United States Naval War College.

Joining Col. Gray as a keynote speaker is Convention and Leadership Academy veteran and Cornell head wrestling coach Rob Koll while First Nonprofit Foundation CEO Joe Geiger will also make a return appearance. Geiger is the current Secretary of the NWCA’s Board of Directors. With 44 years of experience in the fields of education, human resources and non-profit and association management, Geiger is also an inductee into the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations Emeritus Society. Currently the President and CEO of First Nonprofit Foundation, Geiger has also served as adjunct faculty at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, teaching Leadership and Organizational Business Ethics. Koll has led Cornell to 19 Ivy League titles, including the last 16 in a row. Under Koll’s tutelage, the Big Red have crowned 15 individual NCAA champions and 67 All-Americans. He’s served as a past President of the NWCA as well.

The NWCA Leadership Academy will take place along with the NWCA Convention at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort in Daytona Beach, Florida. Mentors for this year include a distinguished list of legendary and highly respected current and formers coaches: Jack Spates (retired), Brian Smith (Missouri), Tom Borrelli (Central Michigan), Steve Costanzo (St. Cloud St.), Austin Devoe (Colorado School of Mines), Lonnie Morris (Johnson & Wales), Bill Racich (Ursinus), Nick Mitchell (Grand View), Rik Dahl (Northwestern), Paul Schmidt (Nassau), Donald Stephens (Cumberlands), Ashley Sword (Life), Lee Miracle (Campbellsville), and Brian Jackson (Missouri Baptist).  Of special note, Ashley Sword from Life University will be our first female mentor.

Helping facilitate the CEO Leadership Academy: Dr. Dan Gould of Michigan State; Dr. Dennis Johnson, the Program Reviewer for the Commission on Sports Management Accreditation; and Dr. Scott Westfall, sport leadership expert and current sports management professor at Adrian College.

This year’s 2018 Leadership Academy attendees are: Braden Atwood (Sacred Heart University), Mason Beckman (George Mason University), Joe Bertolone (Keiser University), Jake Brumbelow (Midway University), Levi Calhoun (Concordia University, NE), Kimberly Cardenas (Beat the Streets NYC), John Chambers (Garrett College), Scott Chenoweth (University of Central Oklahoma), Marcus Cobbs (Benedictine College), Cody Cole (Cloud County Community College), Zacharie Cook (Wisconsin-La-Crosse), Riley Cox (University of the Cumberlands), Jacque Davis (Beat the Streets NYC), Kristie Davis (Emmanuel College), Gabe Dean (Cornell University), Jules Doliscar (Ithaca College), Neil Erisman (Arkansas-Little Rock), Ty Eustice (Minnesota State Mankato), Christian Flavin (Life University), Brittany Gadd (Tiffin University),  Tyreece Gilder (Waldorf University), Scott Goodale (Rutgers University), Jared Groeneveld (Alma College), Tom Hall (Trine University), Josh Hardman (Wabash College), Sam Higa (Missouri Valley College), Kevin Jack (NC State), Pete Jacobson (Edgemont High School), Justin Kihn (Wilmington College), Charles Mason (Mount St Joseph University), Jason McLean (Muhlenberg College), Jessica Medina (Ferrum College), Josh Moore (Cleveland State University), Scott Moore (Lock Haven University), Michael Moreno (University of Northern Colorado), Casey Mouw (Dakota Wesleyan University), Anna Naylor (University of the Cumberlands), Matthew Paeth (Otero Junior College), Alberto Quiros (MacMurray College), Paul Redemacher (Southern Oregon University), Manny Rivera (Cal State Bakersfield), Josh Roosa (Appalachian State University), Jordan Roths (Upper Iowa University), Colton Schmitz (Missouri Baptist), Brett Smith (Urbana University), Todd Steidley (University of Central Oklahoma), Juan Stimpson (UNC-Pembroke), Dustin Stough (West Virginia Tech University), Kyle Temple (Umpqua Community College), Anthony Terlizi (Ursinus College), Sam Thomas (Nassau Community College), Welina Tong (Midland University), Arelys Valles (Brewton Parker College), and Conor Youtsey (University of Pittsburgh).

Following the Academy, the 2018 NWCA Convention will kick off and include three dynamic keynote speakers; Andy Barth, Joe Savino, and Austin Shanfelter.  The convention will offer over 20 hours of education time including coaching development presentations, technique session, panel discussions and growing wrestling forums. In addition, there will be a trade show with over 35 of the leading companies in wrestling. For the full schedule, the complete list of presenters and how to register, please visit the NWCA website at the link below.

WHAT: 2017 NWCA Convention sponsored by ASICS, Cliff Keen and Resilite
WHEN: August 3-5, 2018
WHERE: Daytona Beach Hilton, Daytona Beach, Florida
Full information and schedule:

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