July 10, 2012
DeKALB, Ill. – The Northern Illinois wrestling coaching staff of Ryan Ludwig, Dominick Moyer, and Jeff Breese will all take part in the National Wrestling Coaches Association’s Leadership Academies.
Ludwig and Breese will head to sunny Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on August 1-2 for the NWCA Coaching Leadership Academy, while Moyer took part in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes/NWCA Academy on May 29-31 in Edwardsville, Ill. All three coaches received full scholarships from the NWCA, which covers travel, lodging and other expenses.
“I would like to thank (NWCA executive director) Mike Moyer and the rest of the selection committee at the NWCA for providing me and my staff with this opportunity,” Ludwig said. “I am honored to be a part of the program and look forward to making the most of the experience.”
The Coaching Leadership Academy is designed to utilize peer group discussion among college coaches, athletic administrators, and CEOs to develop the best practices for protecting and strengthening intercollegiate wrestling programs. Further, the NWCA wants to help coaches better align their programs with educational values.
Nationally-renowned coaching development expert Dr. Dan Gould will head the event. Gould currently sits as the director of the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports at Michigan State University. Ludwig and Breese are two of 45 coaches from all levels to be selected to the event and two of only 22 coaches at Division I programs.
“I expect to gain a lot of business savvy,” Breese said. “I think there’s a lot of wrestling that has become a business – any coach is kind of a CEO or COO to some degree. I think I am going to gain a lot of valuable experience and manage a program more like a business. It’s just really going to help me progress in my career.”
Meanwhile, Moyer participated in the NWCA/FCA combined event geared toward coaches who currently coach or wish to pursue a coaching position at a faith-based college or university.
“When I attended the NWCA/FCA Leadership Academy, I learned a lot from a lot of great coaches, people that are still in the game and have retired,” Moyer said. “I’d say the most important thing that I learned was fundraising and how to make a program more self-sufficient so you’re not relying on the university – you are doing it within yourself.”
Moyer was one of 24 coaches selected among all divisions. Guest speakers headlining the event included former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert and author Tom Jarman. Other noteworthy speakers were former Oklahoma head coach Jack Spates, along with current head coaches Tim Dernlan (Ashland), Steve Garland (Virginia), Jesse Castro (Liberty), Heath Eslinger (Chattanooga) and Franky James (Campbelsville).