Findlay's Nelson wins NWCA Bob Bubb Coaching Excellence Award

MANHEIM, Pa. -- On Tuesday, the National Wrestling Coaches Association announced the Bob Bubb Coaching Excellence Award winner.  This award was scheduled to be presented at the NWCA 2020 Jim Koch Division II Hall of Fame Banquet on the eve of the NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships at the Denny Sanford Premier Center. However, the event was canceled along with the Division II Championships due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

Shawn Nelson
The recipient of this year's NWCA Bob Bubb Coaching Excellence Award is Shawn Nelson of the University of Findlay. Coach Nelson is in his 23rd year as head coach was inducted into the NCAA Division II Jim Koch Hall of Fame in 2019. He has coached 11 national champions during his tenure and has won multiple coach of the year awards at the conference, region, and national levels.

"It's an honor to announce Coach Shawn Nelson as the 2020 recipient of the Bob Bubb Coaching Excellence Award. Shawn has built a model program at the University of Findlay and his dedication to the sport and his student-athletes is evident."

The NWCA will recognize Coach Nelson during the NWCA National Convention awards luncheon. This year's convention, presented by Cliff Keen, Defense Soap, and Resilite will be hosted on July 31 - August 2 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino located in Hollywood, FL.

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 primary emphasis on developing coaches who work in academic environments. The three core competencies of the NWCA are: Coaching Development, Student-Athlete Welfare, and the Promotion of Wrestling.


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