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    Default Can you coach a team AND compete at the world level?

    So it looks like Cael will be competing for the US and I think it is likely he continues through the Olympics next year. Can he (or anyone) really do all that is involved as a head coach while also training to win a world/Olympic gold? It seems like something has to give.

    Will he be able to train as much and with the people he should, or should he spend more time away at international-caliber tournaments?

    Will it help or hurt recruiting? I can't see him having as much time to recruit and I am not sure if this is a positive or a negative for HS seniors.

    Thoughts?

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    I agree; a friend of mine once said that the problem with humans is that we are digital in nature. We can be in only one place at a time. If Coach Sanderson continues to compete at a world level, it will be boon for Iowa and Oklahoma St.

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    I see this as positive for Penn State. For a year Cael will be 'on the mat' for real and every kid on the team as well as every recruit will know he is working just like they do. Not 'used to be' good but "Is Good Now... and he is my coach". That can only help the program.

    His travel time for Worlds won't take much time away from the team and it will help build even more solidarity as they watch their coach pushing to win just as he pushes them to win. His assistants may take up a bit more of the duties and that is to be expected. His time working out with Freestyle on the mats with the Club will help build a strong core of top talent his NCAA team can work out with. This has been a great benefit of wrestling at Iowa in the past. Now Penn State is playing the game.

    This fall, winter, spring and the Summer Olympic Games - and every kid on the team as well as many of those attending and working at Penn State will know Cael Sanderson as a competitor, not just a coach. It will help get more support and will be a big advantage for Penn State in recruiting. The reason I think so? It has a specific time schedule. It is not like Chris Bono where it goes on and on and on and he is working against his own wrestlers. He has a goal, and attainable one and after that he is back to coaching full time. If he wins worlds and then the Olympics Penn State benefits all the way around and the wrestling team does also.

    An NCAA individual Champ and an NCAA team Championship are only augmented by the head Coach competing for a short time - with a real chance at Gold. Leading by example is a good way to lead and it looks like the University agrees.

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    You have many good points, however, teaching by example is not working with the wrestler. While it does look like Penn St. is willing to let him compete during the summer, it remains to be seen how they will react if their undergraduate wrestlers fail to win two in a row or lose one early in the season. My bet is that without Coach Sanderson directly involved on a daily basis teaching his wrestlers,their preformance will suffer.

    Still luck may play a part. If they lose early anyway, for any reason, the Penn St. Alumni and season ticket holders will put pressure on the AD, then we'll see.

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    When Joe Seay was forced to resign 1991 following an NCAA investigation into Oklahoma State, John Smith helped take over the head coaching job while training for the 1992 Summer Olympics.
    "I looked up at the scoreboard and I was like, I can't do math that fast!" - Ed Ruth

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    Quote Originally Posted by FalconWrestlingKY View Post
    When Joe Seay was forced to resign 1991 following an NCAA investigation into Oklahoma State, John Smith helped take over the head coaching job while training for the 1992 Summer Olympics.
    How did they do the first year?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpeake7 View Post
    How did they do the first year?
    2nd in 1991, 2nd in 1992, out of top 10 in 1991, 1st in 1994

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwh27 View Post
    2nd in 1991, 2nd in 1992, out of top 10 in 1991, 1st in 1994
    I wonder is 2nd will be good enough for Penn St.; probably, must say I hope so.

    Regardless of the effect, I certainly would like to see Coach Sanderson win another world title. He is an excellent ambassador for wrestling.

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    If I remember correctly, Smith struggled to make the US Olympic team that year (maybe lost a match to Fisher? I am sure someone else here knows the details) and blamed part of his trouble on trying to train while being a full time head coach.

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