NWCA 2020 Board of Directors Meeting

Manheim, PA – The National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) recently held its annual Board of Directors Meeting on Thursday, June 25. The meeting is typically held in conjunction with the Annual NWCA Convention, but due to the cancellation of the in-person convention, it was re-scheduled as a Zoom Meeting.

The Board of Directors consists of 34 members, including boys and girls scholastic coaches, men’s and women’s collegiate coaches, business leaders, officials, members of the media, retired coaches, along with affiliated partners such as USA Wrestling, the NCAA, NFHS, National Wrestling Hall of Fame, and NCWA.

The board meeting served as the last official board responsibility for outgoing President, Pat Popolizio, Head Coach of North Carolina State University.

“We are very grateful for all of Pat’s contributions to the NWCA and the sport. We have been fortunate to have Coach Popolizio in a leadership role with the organization.”

-Mike Moyer, NWCA Senior Director

Coach Popolizio will be succeeded by Army-West Point Head Coach, Kevin Ward as the new president. Coach Ward will serve a two-year term.

Several action items were voted on and approved by the board including:

  • Election of Tony Ersland of Purdue as the New President-Elect
  • Election of Sally Roberts of Wrestle Like A Girl as an at-large board member
  • Election of Paul Rademacher of Indiana Tech as the NAIA Women’s Rep to the board
  • Passage of the NWCA Fiscal Year 2021 Budget
  • Passage of the NWCA Fiscal Year 2021 Strategic Plan

Other highlights from the board meeting included:

  • A presentation from the newly formed Black Wrestling Association by Princeton Assistant Coach, Nate Jackson and California RTC Coach, Kerry McCoy
  • Establishment of an NWCA sub-committee for the advancement of Diversity and Inclusion and the steps necessary to foster more change in wrestling at both the athlete and coach level


The National Wrestling Coaches Association, established in 1928, is a non-profit organization for the advancement of all levels of the sport of wrestling with primary emphasis on developing coaches who work in academic environments. The three core competencies of the NWCA are: Coaching Development, Student-Athlete Welfare, and the Promotion of Wrestling.

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