Oregon’s Lander, Illinois’ Eastman named NWCA National Scholastic Coaches of the Year

Manheim, Pennsylvania – The National Wrestling Coaches Association has announced its annual scholastic coaching award winners for 2016-17.

Roseburg (Oregon) High School head coach Steven Lander has been named the NWCA Scholastic Coach of the Year while Dixon (Illinois) High School assistant coach William Eastman has been named NWCA Scholastic Assistant Coach of the Year.

Roseburg’s tradition is steeped in excellence and this past season was no exception. In a state that allows two entries per weight class, Roseburg nearly had a perfect season, qualifying 27 of 28 possible wrestlers to the state championship and placed 13 wrestlers in the top six with seven wrestlers reaching the finals. Of those seven, four would win state championships, giving Roseburg its ninth 6A state title in the last 11 years.

Lander has also spent the past 23 years as the Junior Director for Oregon Wrestling Association and as the national team coach for the Oregon Junior and Cadet teams. In Fargo, he’s led his wrestlers to 25 individual medals and has coached countless state champions and state placewinners over the course of his 28 years at Roseburg.

“There are iconic programs all around the country,” said NWCA Executive Director Mike Moyer. “When you look at the landscape of high school wrestling in Oregon, Roseburg High School and Coach Lander set a standard that’s hard to top.”

Eastman has been a fixture coaching at Dixon High School in Dixon, Illinois, for a half-century. In 50 years at the school, Eastman has never been paid for his time coaching and mentoring kids. It’s a lesson in volunteerism and passion for the sport of wrestling. This season, the school of 800 students near the Rock River, made history by reaching the Illinois Dual Team Championships for the first time in school history. Dixon ultimately finished third with the assistance of Eastman.

“When you have someone involved in the sport as long as Coach Eastman has, there’s a respect and there’s an admiration there,” said Moyer. “In an era where we can see some coaches leaving because of the financial strain it causes, we have lifers like Coach Eastman. His value to wrestling and those kids at Dixon is more than any dollar amount can signify.”

Lander and Eastman were chosen from the eight section winners, which come from each state’s respective coaches association. Other NWCA Section Coach of the Year Award winners were: Ray Adams of Long Beach High School in New York (Section 1), Dave Crowell of Nazareth Area High School in Pennsylvania (Section 2), Bobby Shriner of Orange High School in North Carolina (Section 3), Kevin Milder of Lena-Winslow High School in Illinois (Section 4), Doug Denson of Millard South in Nebraska (Section 5), Sam Frederico of Pomona High School in Colorado (Section 6) and Troy Tirapelle of Buchanan High School in California (Section 7).

Winners along with Eastman for the NWCA Section Assistant Coach of the Year were: Steve LoFaso of Liverpool High School in New York, Adam Colombo of Nazareth Area High School in Pennsylvania, William Evans of Richmond Hill High School in Georgia, Shawn Bammes of Manhattan High School in Kansas, Herb Stinson of Aztec High School in New Mexico, Morgan Robertson of Bear River High School in Utah, Tomas Rosa of Sweet Home High School in Oregon and Andy Knutson of Lake Stevens High School in Washington (Section 8).

Section Award Winners

Coach of the Year
New YorkSection 1Ray AdamsLong Beach
PennsylvaniaSection 2Dave CrowellNazareth Area
North CarolinaSection 3Bobby ShrinerOrange
IllinoisSection 4Kevin MilderLena-Winslow
NebraskaSection 5Doug DensonMIllard South
ColoradoSection 6Sam FedericoPomona
CaliforniaSection 7Troy TirapelleBuchanan
OregonSection 8Steven J. LanderRoseburg
Assistant Coach of the Year
New YorkSection 1Steve LoFasoLiverpool
PennsylvaniaSection 2Adam ColomboNazareth Area
GeorgiaSection 3William EvansRichmond Hill
IllinoisSection 4William EastmanDixon
KansasSection 5Shawn BammesManhattan
New MexicoSection 6Herb StinsonAztec
UtahSection 7Morgan RobertsonBear River
WashingtonSection 8Andy KnutsonLake Stevens


State Winners

MaineSection 1Matt RixMarshwood High SchoolChris SmithDeering High
MassachusettsSection 1Darby McLauglinSpringfield Central HSAndrew InghamSpringfield Central HS
New HampshireSection 1Adam LangloisNashua South High SchoolNick ZerasConcord High School
New JerseySection 1John GaglianoHowell High SchoolAndy IliffNewton HS
New YorkSection 1Ray AdamsLong Beach High SchoolSteve LoFasoLiverpool HS
Rhode IslandSection 1Tim ClouseLaSalle Academylouis PolsenoSmithfield high School
VermontSection 1Nick MayerMt. Abraham Union HSJoe DaigneaultChamplain Valley Union
DelawareSection 2Phil ShultieSussex CentralChip IllianSussex Central
MarylandSection 2Bryan HamperSouth CarrollKramer WhitelawSparrows Point
OhioSection 2Dean ConleyCanfield HSChristopher HershbergerBedford High School
PennsylvaniaSection 2Dave CrowellNazareth Area H.S.Adam ColomboNazareth
VirginiaSection 2Frank DeBerryMountain ViewRick JonesRobinson Secondary School
West VirginiaSection 2Ken MaiselUniversity HSJack DoyleWheeling Park
AlabamaSection 3Rusty MayfieldCleburne County High SchoolScott PeaveyOxford High School
FloridaSection 3Matt MarkowskiFort MyersBrent GeorgeLake Gibson
GeorgiaSection 3Jess WilderCamden County High SchoolWilliam EvansRichmond Hill High School
LouisianaSection 3Eric DesormeauxHoly Cross High SchoolBobby Ledoux, Sr,De La Salle HS
North CarolinaSection 3Bobby ShrinerOrange High SchoolJason LanningLake Norman High School
South CarolinaSection 3Chris BrockFort Mill High SchoolAdam MarulloFort Mill High School
TennesseeSection 3Greg ForemanPigeon Forge HSMark StrakbeinSpringhill High School
IllinoisSection 4Kevin MilderLena-Winslow HSWilliam EastmanDixon HS
IndianaSection 4Gary BlackShenandoahKeith DavisonChesterton
IowaSection 4Tim DuffAtlanticChase RollerAtlantic
MichiganSection 4Nate EthridgeChippewa Hills High SchoolTrent WardCarson City Crystal High School
WisconsinSection 4Joe ScwabeStatford High SchoolBrian Jandrin/Travis SpudeLuxemburg-Casco
KansasSection 5Bill JohnsonNorton Community High SchoolShawn BammesManhattan High School
MinnesotaSection 5Dalen WasmundApple ValleyJosh BarlageApple Valley
MissouriSection 5Gary MayabbStaley High SchoolElisha BearsStaley High School
NebraskaSection 5Doug DensonMIllard SouthDuane DobsonAlliance
North DakotaSection 5Justin RacineMinotRobert SperryBeach HS
South DakotaSection 5Shawn LewisRiggsJohn KaldaRiggs
ArkansasSection 6Jerry EvansSearcySteve GrigsbyBentonville
ColoradoSection 6Sam FedericoPomonaJeremya DyessGreeley Central
New MexicoSection 6Evan CopelandCleveland HSHerb StinsonAztec
OklahomaSection 6Kelly SmithCharles Page /Sand SpringsMike MillerLawton MacArthur
TexasSection 6Terry WrightChisholm TrailJohn E. JohnsonCreekview H.S
ArizonaSection 7Tim WilliamsShow Low HSRichard SanchezSunnyside HS
CaliforniaSection 7Troy TirapelleBuchanan High SchoolCoaching StaffBuchanan High School
HawaiiSection 7Walden AuIolaniMaika NagataPunahou
NevadaSection 7wade pehrsonSpring creek high schoolDan DolbyFaith Lutheran
UtahSection 7John FagerLayton High SchoolMorgan RobertsonBear River High School
AlaskaSection 8Todd HopkinsColony High SchoolAndrew ScrivoSeward High School
IdahoSection 8Rob EdelbluteLakeland High School
MontanaSection 8Dan LemerLincoln County High SchoolJoel GravesLincoln County High School
OregonSection 8Steven J. LanderRoseburg High SchoolTomas RosaSweet Home High School
WashingtonSection 8Bob FreundKelsoAndy KnutsonLake Stevens
WyomingSection 8Eddie ClarkStar Valley High SchoolWinston PattersonStar Valley High School
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