Wisconsin Coaches Association Presidents Message February 2016 – John Quinlan
The road to Madison has made several stops all over the state, and the journey has finally arrived at the final destination: the Kohl Center!
It promises to be quite a show, and for those of us that are fans of the sport of wrestling, it is guaranteed not to disappoint.
Many are happy just to make it here while others are saying it is the top of the podium or bust.
Yet, regardless of their situation, all of the wrestlers that make it here are winners and should be extremely proud of their accomplishments.
Make this a weekend that will bring you a ton of memories you will remember all your life, and please make sure you take time to enjoy this last stage of the journey.*Rate Your Officials*Head coaches, as you start to take care of your end-of-season responsibilities, make sure to rate the officials that have worked your matches this season.
This is an extremely important part of the process in getting the best officials possible at your WIAA Regional, Sectional and State sites.
The rankings from the coaches are the major determining factor in who gets assigned to these tournaments. The officials have worked very hard throughout the season and deserve to get your thorough attention in this matter. The ranking of officials page can be found on the WIAA website at www.wiaawi.org http://www.wiaawi.org/ or simply call them at 715-344-8580 if you have any questions in this process.*Board Meeting Topics*
The next WWCA Board Meeting will be on the Saturday morning of the WIAA State Tournament. Please contact your District Rep if there is a topic you feel is important and should be brought to the attention of the board. We will try to put it on the agenda and discuss on Saturday morning.
*Outgoing Board Members*
A tremendous thank you to two of our outgoing board members: Public Relations Chairman Mel Dow and Awards/Hall of Fame Chairman Jeff Behrens. They are true professionals and have brought their positions to a higher level. Jeff has especially upheld the true prestige and honor of being a part of the George Martin Wisconsin Wrestling Hall of Fame. He has also done a great job with the tremendous amount of awards that are handed out and kept track of. Mel has taken this position to another level and has done a phenomenal job in securing the suite at the state and being the driving force in getting the state finals on live TV. These two men are a credit to our association and they will be sorely missed. Their replacements are quality individuals and will do a great job but have big shoes to fill. Thank you again, Jeff and Mel.
*State Finals on Live Television*
That’s right, after a long wait we finally will be able to watch the WIAA Individual State Finals on live TV! Fox Sports will be handling the broadcasting and announcing of the event, and I know the network will do a great job. I sincerely hope this will be a long relationship between the Wisconsin Wrestling Coaches Association, the WIAA and Fox Sports and that it will prove to be beneficial to all parties involved.
*Suite at State*
The WWCA will again play host as we invite our members to join us in the Nicholas Suite for some camaraderie, a meet-and-greet with some legends in our sport and a great time watching great wrestling.
Enjoy the weekend.
Yours in Wrestling,
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