Don Henry (Photo/Gannon Athletics)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- On Thursday the National Wrestling Coaches Association announced the NCAA Division II National Coach of the Year and six finalists as selected by their peers. 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.
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The recipient of this year's NCAA Division II National Coach of the Year is Don Henry of Gannon University (PA). Coach Henry is in his 37th year at Gannon and his achievements this season include capturing the program's first Super Regional championship with six individual champions and qualifying eight athletes for the NCAA Championships. He currently has 50 athletes on his roster.
"On behalf of the NWCA and our Board of Directors it is my privilege to recognize Coach Don Henry of Gannon University as the National Coach of the Year," said Mike Moyer, NWCA Executive Director. "Don's long-lasting commitment to Gannon and his program is truly impressive and rarely seen. Congratulations to him and his team and good luck to them as they compete this weekend at the national championships."
2021 NCAA DIVISION II COACH OF THE YEAR AWARD FINALISTS
Super Region 1 - Don Henry, Gannon University
Super Region 2 - Cy Wainwright, Newberry College
Super Region 3 - Danny Irwin, West Liberty University
Super Region 4 - Todd Steidley, University of Central Oklahoma
Super Region 5 - Rocky Burkett, Northern State University
Super Region 6 - Dalton Jensen, University of Nebraska at Kearney
ABOUT THE 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 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.