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NWCA FCA Leadership Academy


FCA Academy
May 14 - 16, 2018
Edwardsville, IL

The NWCA, through a collaborative effort with internationally renowned coaching development expert, Dr. Dan Gould at Michigan State University, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) has constructed a gold standard leadership program for coaches at faith based institutions.  The program combines the NWCA leadership academy curriculum with the FCA 3D Coaching program to provide an amazing experience for the coaches. The academy will strengthen coaching CEO skills, strengthen the alignment of wrestling programs with educational values and entrench their program.


Participating coaches have the opportunity to sharpen their CEO skills by completing the following aspects of the Academy:
110 Online Modules

Complete ten (2 hour) online modules that promote important CEO principles.

2FCA 3D -Coaching

3Dimensional Coaching is based on extensive research regarding different coaching philosophies and the cultural influence of coaches in the lives of the people they impact. The FCA Coaches Academy is designed to help coaches explore the biblical truth behind the research-backed concepts of 3Dimensional Coaching. By completing this academy, coaches will become more transformational in the lives of their wrestlers by learning to coach in all three dimensions from a faith-based perspective.

32 Day Academy Workshop

Attend a 2 day Academy workshop where a facilitator conducts small group discussions with participating coaches and mentors to help Academy participants customize the general concepts learned in the online modules to meet their needs on their respective campuses.

4Program Assessment Survey

Complete a “program assessment survey” to identify specific aspects of a college team that may result in the program being vulnerable to being discontinued.

5360 Evaluation

Complete a 360 evaluation in an effort to understand how administrators, wrestlers, alumni, and parents view the coach’s proficiency in various areas.

6Mentoring Program

Participate in a mentoring program whereby the coach can receive ongoing guidance from a season veteran coach and/or athletic administrator.

7Portfolio Assembly

Assemble a portfolio to demonstrate that all key program areas are at or above an acceptable standard.

8Complete Workbook

Turn in a completed workbook prior to the start of the academy to the assigned mentor.


The NWCA, through the efforts of a few very generous donors, is able to provide full scholarships (airfare, lodging, meals, convention registration) for a pre-determined number of coaches per academy.  To qualify for the full scholarship, the nominated coach MUST agree to all the program details.

You will be reimbursed your travel within 10 days of successfully completing the leadership academy. This would include completing all prerequisites and attending the leadership academy. For the summer academy, this would include attending all educational sessions of the convention. This is clearly outlined in the handbook.


To those who are currently completing the NWCA Coaching Leadership Academy, you should have a unique log in and password that would have been sent to you through Michigan State University. These codes would have been issued through MSU via email from an address listed:


See a list of past mentors and coaches who have been a part of the leadership academy.