By: Dr. Richard Midcap, President, Garrett College
McHenry, MD – John Chambers, head coach of Garrett College's new intercollegiate wrestling program, has been selected to participate in the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Leadership Academy next month.
The academy, held in conjunction with the NWCA national convention, will take place August 1-5 in Daytona Beach, Fla. As part of the enrollment process, Chambers is required to complete both a Michigan State University leadership curriculum and a 360-degree evaluation by 10 peers who observed the coach in his professional role.
"I'm excited about John's selection to attend this prestigious wrestling academy," said GC Athletics Director Dennis Gibson. "This exemplifies what we were looking for when we hired John – someone genuinely interested in personal and professional growth and providing strong leadership for the student athletes in our wrestling program.
"This is also excellent national recognition for our new wrestling program," added Gibson. "He will be able to connect with coaches at all levels and learn from some of the best. It's a credit to him; he was the one who put this in motion. "
"I'm honored to be selected to the National Wrestling Coaches Association Leadership Academy," said Chambers. "The NWCA and their donors are making a major financial investment in my professional development, which I truly appreciate."
Chambers said his selection is part of a rigorous program for participants.
"I have to complete coursework through Michigan State University prior to arriving at the leadership academy," explained Chambers. "I'll be assigned wrestling mentors from around the country whom I can look to for guidance as we develop the wrestling program at Garrett College.
"The commitment to my development, personally and professionally, will be advantageous to me, the wrestling program and the college," added Chambers. "I would like to thank the Garrett College Athletic Department, faculty, staff, administration and Board of Trustees for their continued support as we develop our wrestling program."
Chambers is in the process of completing an impressive recruiting season, which has included commitments from multiple state champions. The team's first season will start with pre-season workouts this fall and opening matches in November.