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NWCA Convention concludes with board restructuring, approval of strategic plan

MANHEIM, Pa. -- The annual National Wrestling Coaches Association Board Meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., came to a close on July 31 with several key focus areas approved and restructured.

Ohio State head wrestling coach Tom Ryan was introduced as the new President of the Board of Directors for the NWCA. He assumes the role after former Oklahoma coach, Mark Cody's tenure came to completion. N.C. State head wrestling coach, Pat Popolizio was voted in as the President-elect and will assume the role of President following Ryan's two-year role.

"We'd like to thank Mark Cody for his tremendous work during his time as the President of our Board of Directors," said NWCA Executive Director Mike Moyer. "Mark has done a fantastic job setting a solid foundation for Tom Ryan and Pat Popolizio to build on."

The structure of the Board of Directors was altered and approved by reducing the number of voting board members and creating a more streamlined system to enable members and different groups of wrestling to have an equal voice within the organization.

With the new restructuring of the Board, the following individuals were appointed as new members NWCA Board of Directors:

  • Troy Nickerson (Northern Colorado) - Division I
  • Austin Devoe (Colorado School of Mines) - Division II
  • Jon McGovern (Dubuque) - Division III
  • Jacque Davis (Beat the Streets NYC) - At Large
  • Nathan Shearer (Washington & Lee) - At Large

    "One of our primary goals is to substantially improve communication between the NWCA Board members and the constituents they represent," said Moyer. "This new structure will most definitely accomplish that objective. Each respective group will have leadership that will sit on our board."

    Led by Jim Fallis, a longtime collegiate administrator and former wrestling coach, the Blue Ribbon Task Force outlined its Strategic Plan for the 2016-17 Division I wrestling season. The panel, which includes a number of representatives from large and small conferences, athletes and administrators from various wrestling organizations.

    The BRTF outlined a number of goals as part of the strategic plan to align with the NCAA's Guiding Principles. They include: Academic Success, Health and Safety, Mental Health for Student Athletes, Time Demands, Spectator, fan and media enhancements, Competitive Equity and Fiscal Responsibility and Marketing.

    A link to the five-year outline and the 2016-17 Strategic Plan can be found here.

    In addition, the Board of Directors voted upon and approved the 2016-17 budget and strategic plan.

    "There are a number of moving parts in the actual Strategic Plan," said Moyer. "The outline of the group led by Jim Fallis has so many potential opportunities to enhance our sport at every level. We're moving into a new era with the NWCA through our relationship with the Blue Ribbon Task Force."

    About National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA)
    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 a primary emphasis on developing coaches who work in academic environments. The membership embraces all people interested in amateur wrestling. The three core competencies of the NWCA are: coaching development, student-athlete welfare, and the promotion of wrestling.
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