Les Combs, Coaches Director
20658 Jayhawk Ln
Bend, OR 97701
How important is "certification"?
How do I get to coach the team for Nationals?
How can I be more involved as a coach?
Coaches Must Be NCEP Copper Certified For Regional & Bronze Certified for National Events
In order to obtain a coach's floor pass or FREE ADMISSION at USA Wrestling Regional events, you must have completed at a minimum, the National Coaches Education Program (NCEP) Copper level and be a current "USAW Coach" member.
USAW has a goal to possess the most powerful and comprehensive wrestling program in the world. In order for this to be attained, we must have the World's best educated coaches to develop our athletes. This can only be achieved by one method: the continued improvement and development of our coaches at every level, through the implementation of an educational program that is second to none.
The USAW NCEP is comprised of 4 levels of certification for coaches, parents and fans to participate in. These are Copper, Bronze, Silver and Gold. The Copper level is a basic introduction to the principles of coaching and wrestling techniques. The course consists of 3 hours of classroom and 1 hour of wrestling technique instruction.
There will be Copper level clinics at most USAW Regional and National level events, however there are many opportunities to obtain certification prior to the events. For more information, contact Les Combs. His number is at the bottom this page.
Don't miss out, get certified early!
The Coaches Division sets up the pool of coaches in which assignments are made to the Cultural Exchange Trips and Cadet and Junior National Tournaments. The division is also responsible for providing training and certification within the USA Wrestling Coaches certification Program.
- Qualify to coach a state team at a national tournament.
- Gain Copper, Bronze , Silver or Gold certification.
- Learn advanced coaching skills.
Copper Certification is available on-line at: http://www.asep.com/asep_content/org/USAW.cfm
TECHNIQUE TAPES ARE NOW AVAILABLE! Director Les Combs now has several wrestling technique VHS tapes in the OWA coaches library. Any coach may check these tapes out. Just contact Les.
OWA Supports Olymipic Wrestling
*Photo taken at the Cadet and Junior Freestyle and Greco State Tournament in Corvallis by Patricia Schilling