Schmitz named NCAA Women's National Coach of the Year

Sam Schmitz

TIFFIN, Ohio -- On Saturday following the National Collegiate Women's Wrestling Championships, the National Wrestling Coaches Association announced the winner of the NCAA Women's Defense Soap National Coach of the Year. NWCA Executive Director Mike Moyer presented Sam Schmitz of McKendree University with the award after he was selected by his peers for a second consecutive year. The award is presented to the coach that has demonstrated outstanding effort throughout the season in developing and elevating their program on campus and in the community. The NWCA National Coach of the Year awards program is presented by Defense Soap, the official Hygiene partner of the NWCA.

"In continuing our mission, Defense Soap is proud to partner with the NWCA, to keep wrestlers on the mat with our products and education in hygiene." Guy Sako, Founder and CEO of Defense Soap.

McKendree took home the team title for the second year in a row with 209 pts over second-place King University 171.5 pts. The Bearcats of McKendree also brought home 14 individual All-Americans with eight national finalists and six national champions. The NCWWC currently serves as the national championships for NCAA-affiliated women's programs until the sport receives championship status.

"On behalf of the NWCA and our Board of Directors, it is an honor to recognize Coach Schmitz as our Defense Soap National Coach of the Year," said NWCA Executive Director Mike Moyer. "What Sam has been able to build and sustain at McKendree is nothing short of amazing. He truly is a wonderful ambassador for our sport and more specifically women's wrestling."

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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