Pembroke’s Johnson Selected as NWCA Bob Bubb Coaching Excellence Award Winner

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – The National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) announced Othello “OT” Johnson of the University of North Carolina Pembroke as the 2023 Bob Bubb Coaching Excellence Award winner for NCAA Division II men’s wrestling.

“This is a testament to the guys who have trusted us to be their leaders and a part of their journeys here at UNCP,” Johnson said. “This award is theirs not ours. Thank you to my colleagues for believing in me and honoring me with this award.”

Johnson, who just closed out his 13th season at the helm of the Braves’ program, has sent 50 qualifiers to the NCAA Division II National Championships during his career. A UNCP graduate, Johnson has had 21 All-Americans as the Braves’ head coach. Johnson sent three to the NCAA Championships this season, after a season that saw UNCP finish as runner up in their conference and fourth at the Super Region 2 Tournament.

The Bob Bubb Coaching Excellence award is presented annually to an outstanding coach who epitomizes the qualities and characteristics of a role model and mentor for developing young student-athletes.

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