Tocci Announces Departure From NWCA


Manheim, PA –  After 21 years and many accomplishments under his belt, NWCA Senior Director Pat Tocci has announced that he will be stepping down in late June. His next adventure will be as the Athletic Director at nearby Penn Manor High School.

Penn Manor Release

During his long tenure with the NWCA, Pat has been an integral part of the operation and success of the NWCA, especially in the areas of athlete well-being, coaching development, and new program growth. In the late 90s, there was a seismic shift in weight-management needs for scholastic and collegiate athletes. Pat, alongside long-time Executive Director Mike Moyer, built the Optimal Performance Calculator (OPC), now used by each college division and 40+ state high school associations and serving over 230,000 student-athletes. Pat’s accomplishments are too long to list individually, but it is important to note how important he has been in his role working with the NFHS and State Associations at the high school level and with the offices of the NCAA, NAIA, and NJCAA providing guidance for rule changes, weight classes, post-season seeding, and many more topics of importance to the continued growth of wrestling.

One of Tocci’s major accomplishments has been his work in developing automated seeding processes for state association’s post-season tournaments. There are now approximately 25 states that use this form of automated seeding on the OPC platform. In addition, Tocci has played a major role in the development of the NCAA Division I selection and seeding process that was put place in 2009.  He currently serves as the Division I selections and seeding coordinator and head table operations manager for the Division I Championships.

Since 2001 the team of Tocci and Moyer has done what was once thought to be impossible as they have helped establish more than 315 collegiate programs, including 115-plus women’s teams.  These new women’s programs have lead to NAIA Championships Status (2023) and Emerging Sport Status for both the NCAA and NJCAA.  One tool of note developed by the NWCA to help protect programs from being dropped and to train high-quality candidates for newly created head coaching positions has been the Collegiate CEO Leadership Academies. This program provides for up to 100 coaches to attend free via scholarship annually. Many of the current head college coaches from across the country are proud alumni of the leadership academy program.  Due to the success of the academy program, a modified program was launched for scholastic coaches to help promote growth at the grass roots level.  In addition, Tocci has also been a contributor to several other NWCA Coaching Development programs that foster best practices for coaches.

Recently Pat has been very active nationally as well as locally advocating for the advancement of women’s and girls wrestling.  He currently works with #SanctionPA to help promote the adoption and sanctioning of high school girls wrestling.  Through these efforts, Pennsylvania now boasts 39 officially sanctioned girls high school teams.

Pat’s presence and expertise will truly be missed and the NWCA wants to sincerely thank him for the many outstanding contributions he has made during his tenure and wish him good luck in his new position.

 

What they are saying about Pat Tocci…

Pat Tocci has been the ultimate servant leader as Senior Director for the NWCA.  There are no words to fully express how grateful we are for his extraordinary contributions to growth of high school and college wrestling in all regions across the nation.  We will miss him immensely in the NWCA headquarters office (as will our member coaches and affiliated partners) but want to wish him the best of luck with his new career opportunity.  

-Mike Moyer, NWCA Executive Director

Pat Tocci has been an invaluable asset for the NWCA and for the sport of wrestling.  His tireless work has contributed significantly to the growth of the sport of wrestling and the impact the NWCA is able to have on the wrestling coaches at all levels.  We can’t thank him enough for his contributions to the NWCA and we wish him well in all of his future endeavors.

-Kevin Ward, NWCA President

Statement from Pat Tocci…

After two decades, it’s definitely bittersweet to be leaving an organization that cares so passionately about the sport of wrestling and the opportunities and traits it provides to those who compete in it. When I came here, none of us knew what our impact would be, and I don’t think I can really put into words what working here has meant to me personally and professionally. To be a part of a group of people who have helped start hundreds of men’s and women’s college wrestling programs, to be part of making sure our sport is safer and better regulated and shown as a positive physical activity and to work with people who care so much was truly a pleasure. The last 21 years have been a lesson in patience, humility, sacrifice, but also one of vindication, excitement, and growth. I’m grateful and thankful to have made Lancaster County my home, and the opportunities that I’ve been able to discover while working with Mike and the group truly are immeasurable. Wrestling is a family and I’ve been so fortunate to be able to help further the sport’s reach and goals as part of the NWCA family.

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