Youth Wrestling is a very challenging and mentally tough activity. With the right coaching, kids can learn great life lessons, build character and grow their love for the sport of wrestling.
I found my love for the sport at West Valley High School in Yakima and my passion has continued to grow as I watch the athletes that I help train, succeed at all levels.
After college at Washington State University, I moved over to the westside of the state, and through a co-worker, I was introduced to the Western Washington Wrestling Officials Association. After 6 years of officiating all levels of wrestling from PeeWee to 4A High School at the Tacoma Dome, my first born was finally ready to put on a singlet. I was introduced to the Puyallup Falcons and watched my son light up with joy on the mat. My second son joined the team in 2012.
In 2009, I began helping coach the falcons on the mat, and in 2010, I was asked to assume a shared role as director of the program that is rich with tradition in excellence.
In 2010, my wife and I were given the opportunity to fully lead the city sponsored program and have assembled a solid team of coaches that will lead the team to success for many years to come. In that time span, we have helped produce 13 PCJWL League Champions, including three 2-timers.
In 2013, we made a bold move and created the Puyallup Wrestling Club, a non-profit organization, based on building wrestling in the Puyallup Community and separating from the city sponsored program. This has allowed us to build the program in a manner that best serves its athletes.
in 2016, I was given the opportunity to coach two national teams. I served as an assistant coach on the WA Schoolboy Dual Team that competed in Indianapolis and came home as double All-American and as the Head Coach for the Team WA Girls Dual Team in Pocatello, ID which went undefeated and won the Turf Wars Duals including 4 triple crown winners.
In this, my 9th season with the Falcons, we are continually working with the Puyallup HS and Jr. High programs to build strong wrestlers to represent the sport in the community. In the 2016-2017 season, I had the privilege of coaching a 3rd place team and 4 PCJWL League Champions!
In 2017, I will once again head up the WA Turf Wars team and head to Pocatello Id with the goal of becoming Back-to-Back Regional Champions and hopefully joining the WA Schoolboys as they make another run.
As my coaching career progresses, I give a special thanks to all of the coaches that have helped me grow into the coach that I am today.