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    I coach under a head coach that didn't wrestle in high school. We disagree more as the year goes on. I was just wondering if anyone else has a coach that never wrestled. Maybe some advice on how to work with a guy that has such limited knowledge of the sport. It is becoming hard to handle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Formerathlete79 View Post
    I coach under a head coach that didn't wrestle in high school. We disagree more as the year goes on. I was just wondering if anyone else has a coach that never wrestled. Maybe some advice on how to work with a guy that has such limited knowledge of the sport. It is becoming hard to handle.
    Is he a teacher at the school, and is that why they gave him the job? I have only seen one time where a coach who had never wrestled, turned their team into , a league and section power house. This coach made sure he had some very good asst. coach's to show technique and run practice. I would be honest with him and talk about the things that you don't agree with. Remember to wear kid gloves when you bring these things up, because he knows you have more experience then him. I feel for you because i have coached under somone who i had more experience and we always butted heads and it really came down to the fact he didn't like that the kids respected me more. I ended up taking another coaching job and am much happier now. I wish you the best of luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DBOZZZ View Post
    Is he a teacher at the school, and is that why they gave him the job? I have only seen one time where a coach who had never wrestled, turned their team into , a league and section power house. This coach made sure he had some very good asst. coach's to show technique and run practice. I would be honest with him and talk about the things that you don't agree with. Remember to wear kid gloves when you bring these things up, because he knows you have more experience then him. I feel for you because i have coached under somone who i had more experience and we always butted heads and it really came down to the fact he didn't like that the kids respected me more. I ended up taking another coaching job and am much happier now. I wish you the best of luck!
    Yes he is a teacher in the district. Its funny how you mentioned the kids respect issue. I wrestle with the kids, run with the kids, and show them technique. Then he wonders why the kids always want to ask me questions instead of him? I have no intentions of quiting, but he makes it very difficult to stay. I was told by my former coach you can't demand respect from your athletes you have to earn it with hard work!

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    I've seen non-wrestler coaches be very successful and I've seen them fail. It depends on the individual's coaching style, his ability to learn, and the quality of his assistants. It's hard to give advice here because each situation is unique, but I agree that any coach will get respect from his staff and athletes if he shows concern for the kids, displays a good work ethic, is fair and decisive, and knows his limits.

    He should not be intimidated if the kids consult you about technique questions, but if they ask you anything else, it might be wise to tell them to ask the head coach. Even if you know the answer, this will send the kids and the coach the message that everyone knows that he's in charge. It also might be a good idea, if you haven't done this already, to frankly discuss this problem with him and ask him what he thinks you can do to help the situation. If he's the right guy for the job, he'll soon learn enough about wrestling to be a confident and capable head coach, even if he must defer to his assistants for the more advanced techniques and strategy.
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    My high school coach neverf wrestled a day in his life but was very intelligent and was a student of the sport when he started coaching.......he worked with another head coach and became a really good coach by the time I met him..........He is one of the rare people that was able to do this...........there are plenty of coaches out there that don't know much about wrestling and it can create issues, I feel for you! Stick to what you know and try to work with him on philosophy and drilling/practice to keep you both on the same page.

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    the st. eds coach didnt wrestle in h.s. i believe
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