July 30, 2014
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Northwestern assistant coach Jay Borschel is spending the next three days at the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Leadership Academy. Borschel was one of 36 wrestling coaches from varying levels (high school-Division I) selected for the leadership academy.
The goal of the NWCA Leadership Academy is to help coaches strengthen their CEO skills, strengthen alignment of wrestling programs with educational values and insulate programs from being discontinued. The leadership academy also consists of 10 online educational modules that address general concepts that are important to know when developing an educationally based intercollegiate wrestling program. An in-person workshop will also be administered where coaches will work with their peers to adapt the general concepts to meet the unique needs on their campuses.
Program participants also have the opportunity to hear from Jim Larranaga, the head men’s basketball coach at the University of Miami, and former professional cyclist, Scott Mercier.
Larranaga spoke at the Leadership Academy three years ago and while he is currently coaching in a power conference, he emerged into the national spotlight while guiding George Mason University to the Final Four in 2006. He will speak on how to not let financial circumstances determine success. Scott Mercier was a member of the 1992 U.S. Olympic cycling team that competed in Barcelona, Spain and a professional cyclist for the U.S. Postal Services Cycling Team from 1993-1997. He’ll be speaking to the Leadership Academy on ethics.
A national champion during his collegiate wrestling days, Borschel has made an immediate impact during his time on head coach Drew Pariano’s staff at Northwestern. He helped guide the Wildcats to a top-10 finish at the 2014 NCAA Championships where NU wrestlers earned three All-America honors. Borschel specifically works with the upper weights at Northwestern and has helped rising senior heavyweight Mike McMullan achieve All-America honors in each of his three years in Evanston (NCAA finalist in 2013, third place in 2014 and 2012).
More information on the NWCA Leadership Academy can be found here.
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