|Alumni, Friends and Family
Yesterday we finished a hard week of training around our Team’s final exam schedule. Certainly a tough week for the guys but they now get a few days off before most of them are back on the 26th for a 5pm practice. We then go to Midlands on December 29-30.
As the Christmas holiday nears, focus goes towards friends, family, faith (and gifts!). We recognize that as Coaches for the University of Wisconsin, our job is to train young men to win individual and team NCAA championships. This is a tremendous responsibility for us as coaches and a consuming commitment for the young men on this team. No one in the previous sentence takes that lightly. However there is a bigger picture. Our job as coaches is about winning, but our purpose is much greater.
Our Coaching Staff has developed a High Performance Plan that begins with the following:
Build and influence young men who will make a positive impact on society during and after their time as a Badger Wrestler.
Win Individual and Team NCAA Titles
If PURPOSE and GOAL are ever in conflict-we will always defer to PURPOSE.
Last week we sent to you a link to a couple of “Throwback” interviews that Coach Hull has started doing. One was with past Badger Coach Duane Kleven. Coach Hull received a response from one of Coach Kleven’s athletes, Nick Bell. Nick gave permission to share this e-mail. His experience exemplifies what is really important. Hope you will take the time to read this below.
From the entire staff we wish everyone a great Christmas Holiday!
I watched your interview online with Duane Kleven and it brought back great memories.
Besides my parents, the two most influential people in my early life were Larry Marchionda and Duane Kleven. Larry taught me the tenacity and toughness to be a champion in wrestling and life and helped me get into Wisconsin. Duane personally visited my home in Fond du Lac to recruit me, gave me a partial scholarship, and was influential in getting me a head coaching position at Verona High School in 1980-1981 following my Badger wrestling team involvement.
I am convinced that the Verona coaching experience was key in getting me a job with Shell where I had a great experience and career allowing me to retire early to pursue other life priorities.
If you can, please relate this message to Duane and the larger Badger wrestling community.
Nick Bell (BS-ME 1981)