West Virginia Wrestling


by Dr. Bill Welker

... on Wrestling and the Dedicated Coach

It has been stated time and time again, by experts in the field of education that "teachers" have the awesome responsibility of molding the minds of America's future generations. This message also includes wrestling coaches.

However, before we can guide the kids, I believe that each and every coach must first develop guidelines for his own actions and purpose for coaching.

Now consider the following "code of ethics" for coaching wrestlers:

Many coaches, I am sure, will view these guidelines as somewhat idealistic. And to some extent, I must agree with them. However, there are moral goals we should all strive to obtain. We need to understand that our athletes will have to live with the values we teach them.

Yes, I have made many mistakes in my 10 tens of coaching--but fortunate, with the preceding "code of ethics" my struggle has been made easier. Maybe, just maybe, they could also help you.

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Updated July 1, 1997