NWCA 2017 Convention
Manheim, Pennsylvania — A record number of coaches and vendors along with stellar speakers highlighted the annual NWCA Convention hosted by ASICS, Cliff Keen and Resilite at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort August 4-6 in Daytona Beach, Florida.
The event set records in total number of convention registrations (315), total number of high school coaches in attendance (73) and total vendors (37).
“To say we’re pleased and thankful would be an understatement,” said NWCA Executive Director Mike Moyer. “Even with the move to a new location, we saw a rise of interest and attendance that can only be seen as a positive, not just for college wrestling, but for the increase in scholastic coaches who attended as well.”
In what’s become standard for the NWCA Convention speakers, Jonathan Koch and Mike Novogratz delivered powerful speeches showing the relevance and impact wrestling had on each of their respective lives and careers.
Koch, the featured speaker at the convention’s opening session, is the President and CCO of Asylum Entertainment and spoke on the tenacity and toughness wrestling instilled in him that allowed him to push through adversity.
Two years ago, Koch fell ill and was put into a coma to save his life. The end results were surgeries, extensive rehab and a human hand transplant.
“To see how far Jonathan Koch has come in the past few years is a testament to the power and resolve our sport can give to people,” said Moyer. “He preaches how his wrestling mindset was the difference in building his business after coming to Hollywood with just $300 in his pocket.
“All through his message, there was also the unifying theme on how coaches have an impact on our lives. It was extremely moving,” said Moyer.
Novogratz, the colorful and wrestling-crazed Princeton alum who has made his success in the financial sector after a run as an Army helicopter pilot, spoke on investment. The message wasn’t centering around his investment knowledge regarding finance, but urging attendees to invest in themselves.
“Mike Novogratz is one of the most visible names in the financial industry, and he doesn’t hide the fact he was a wrestler; he celebrates it,” said Moyer. “His message underscores one of the greater parts about being a coach — treat people the way you’d want to be treated — and coming from a guy who is surrounded by millionaires each and every day, he wants to make sure you’re treating the JV wrestler the same as you would the billionaire investor.”