Our camp season has come to an end. Although our numbers were still way too low, I did feel like the campers that did attend had a meaningful and positive experience. It was great having John Owen at our last two camps. He had lots of knowledge to share. Once again, my favorite camp of the summer was our father/son camp. I love having the family learning together. It seemed like a special bonding time for the fathers and their sons.
This past weekend, Tom Carr and I were able to attend the National Wrestling Coaches Association Convention. I am glad I went. There is no doubt I learned some things that will help our program. The key will be implementing what I learned. A couple of cool quotes Dr. Gould shared in his talk to us about the psychology of winning were a Vince Lombardi quote “Winning isn’t everything but the will to win is,” and a John Wooden quote “Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of being.” Good lessons from legendary coaches.
I am excited for school to start. I am excited for the season. The guys have a few more weeks to enjoy time away from school work. My hope is they come to campus ready to learn, excited to work hard, and chasing excellence in every aspect of their lives.
I am honored to be a participant at USA Wrestling’s board of directors meeting later this week. With the International Olympic Committee vote on wrestling’s inclusion in the Olympics about one month away, this is an important time for us to work hard at saving the world’s oldest sport’s place at the Olympic Games.
After the board meeting, I will head to the Cadet Greco-Roman World Team Training Camp and then to the Cadet Greco-Roman World Championships. I was blessed to be chosen one of the coaches for the USA team. My job will be to assist the athletes in representing themselves and our country to the best of their ability. It is a privilege for me to serve them in this roll. I am honored to be part of the USA delegation.
Some important upcoming dates for George Mason University Wrestling are:
Wednesday, August 7 – the GWWBN will host a mixer at the Mason Inn. Wednesday, August 14 – Sahid Kargbo Competes at the Junior World Championships
Monday, August 26 – School Starts for the 2013-14 season
Tuesday, August 27 – We will hold our first team meeting of the year.
Monday, September 9 – the Paul Maltagliati Memorial Golf Tournament will be held as a fundraiser for our club – the Patriot Elite Wrestling Club.
Saturday, November 2 – The NWCA All-Star Classic will take place on campus at the Patriot Center.