Vision Forum Rule to Improve Program Sustainability
A new rule passed by the NCWA coaches board of directors at the 2014 vision forum is designed to increase sustainability of NCWA wrestling teams. The rule requires each program to have a paid or volunteer, non-student coach within the next two seasons. The rule change is designed to nudge teams that have not actively worked to find a coach, to begin that process with the two-year period to complete. No team is required to have a dedicated, full-time coach, and no programs will be excluded from the NCWA due to a lack of a coach. Each team, regardless of coaching staff, can still compete during the regular season, but by the 2016 Conference Championships any program that has not acquired a non-student coach will lose eligibility for that season’s postseason.
“Our numbers show is that over 80 percent of the teams with non-student coaches survive transitions in student leadership changes and maintain a healthy program over the years,” said Jim Giunta, NCWA Executive Director. “Teams that never mature from a student coach to a non-student coach typically fail. “This rule will not prevent a team from competing or from being an NCWA member,” Giunta continued. “But in order to compete for our championships, we are going to require a non-student coach at the helm of that team. The NCWA will help any program along the road toward securing a coach, but the teams have to start that process themselves.“It’s a process that we believe is to their ultimate benefit, not to their determent.”