The NWCA Names Sacred Heart’s Paulina Biega NCWWC National Coach of the Year

Cedar Rapids, IA – The National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) announced the winner of the National Coach of the Year for the NCWWC at the Alliant Energy Powerhouse Arena. The award was presented by Defense Soap, a company that provides hygiene products and educational resources for wrestlers.

Guy Sako, Founder and CEO of Defense Soap, expressed his pride in partnering with the NWCA to support their mission of keeping wrestlers on the mat through good hygiene practices and education.

Paulina Biega from Sacred Heart University was awarded the Defense Soap NCWWC’s National Coach of the Year for 2023. Biega has been leading the Sacred Heart Women’s program for two seasons and has achieved remarkable success this year, including a 7th place finish at the NWCA National Dual Championships and an NCWWC Region I Championship, with ten athletes qualifying for the NCWWC Tournament.

Mike Moyer, NWCA Executive Director, praised Biega’s achievements, saying “Recognizing Coach Biega as our 2023 Defense Soap NCAA Women’s National Coach of the Year is an absolute honor. Paulina has done a fantastic job since day one of recruiting athletes and building her program into a national contender.”

The NWCA also announced the winners of the NCWWC Regional Coach of the Year award, with the following recipients:

  • Region I – Paulina Biega, Sacred Heart University
  • Region II – Brandy Green, Limestone University
  • Region III – Tony DeAnda, Northern Michigan University
  • Region IV – Joe Norton, North Central College
  • Region V – Travis Mercado, Colorado Mesa University

Established in 1928, the NWCA is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of all levels of wrestling, with a particular focus on coaching development, student-athlete welfare, and promoting the sport of wrestling.

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