Mike Eierman coaching J'den Cox at the 2016 Olympic Team Trials (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
PROVIDENCE, R.I. and CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Harvard University and Brown University today unveiled the formation of The New England Regional Training Center (newenglandRTC.com), a state of the art program designed to advance the sport of wrestling in all ages in New England and throughout the country. Mike Eierman has been hired as the Head Coach of NERTC to lead the initiative.
Building on the successful regional training center model created by USA Wrestling, NERTC will provide elite athletes from around the world with an unparalleled opportunity to create future career paths by tapping into the most powerful network of alumni and supporters in the wrestling world. The networks of both schools typically consist of CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, doctors, lawyers, financial industry leaders and other professionals who are highly successful in their chosen careers.
"Combining the goals and ideals of both Harvard University's and Brown University's wrestling programs is monumental. Not only will we provide resident-athletes with an unprecedented path to be great on and off the mat, our partnership will impact the entire New England Region through wrestling," noted Harvard University Head Coach Jay Weiss. "Mike Eierman is an elite coach and leader and knows the landscape; a true difference-maker. With Mike on board, we will be able to attract many wrestlers to come train here in New England, and we will be able to help these elite athletes prepare for life off the mat."
Eierman brings a wealth of experience at the highest level of coaching, having coached Olympic Medalists, World Champions, NCAA Champions and NCAA All-Americans. His technique has been proven successful for athletes ranging from youth to senior-level. Before beginning his coaching career, Mike was a resident athlete of the U.S. Olympic Training Center from 2000-2003, placing in the U.S. Open and winning numerous medals in International freestyle tournaments in Russia, Ukraine, and Italy. In college, he was an NCAA All-American for the University of Nebraska.
Eierman was the personal coach for J'den Cox at the 2016 Olympic Games, where Cox won an Olympic bronze medal in men's freestyle. Eierman helped coach Cox as a youth, and up through the Olympic level. Another athlete he coached, Jaydin Eierman, is a three-time NCAA All-American and U23 World Team member. Mike Eierman became well known for his youth club, Eierman Elite, which developed numerous champions. Eierman has college coaching experience with Westminster College, Neosho CC and the University of Missouri.
"I am thrilled for this tremendous opportunity to coach the New England Regional Training Center, in partnership with Brown and Harvard Universities," said Eierman. "It's my honor and privilege to work with both the coaches and athletes of these prestigious institutions to help wrestlers expand their knowledge and skills on and off the mat, to become not only World and Olympic wrestling champions, but global leaders in their desired professions."
Resident athletes live and train in Providence and Boston. These two metropolitan areas are great locations for anyone who wants access to an array of living opportunities, job markets, sports teams, urban and outdoor lifestyles, local beaches and restaurants.
"We are really excited for this next chapter in New England Wrestling. Our RTC model will help resident athletes achieve their Olympics aspirations and network with two of the most powerful alumni groups in the world as our athletes find their career path after wrestling. This model will combine the best of both worlds - training opportunities and a career track toward success. stated Brown University Head Coach Todd Beckerman.
For more information on the organization and the criteria for wrestlers to participate, please visit the New England Regional Training Center website newenglandrtc.com. In addition, the New England RTC is actively hiring Olympic-level Resident Athletes to train in Providence and Boston. If interested, please send your resume Newenglandrtc.com.