Hangey in NWCA Leadership Academy
Courtesy: Rider Sports Information  
Release:  07/13/2012

Courtesy: Peter G. Borg (Rider University)
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Rider's Hangey in 2012 NWCA Coaching Leadership Academy

The National Wrestling Coaches Association has announced that 45 coaches representing all collegiate divisions have been selected to receive full scholarships to participate in the Fourth Annual NWCA Coaching Leadership Academy in Fort Lauderdale, FL on August 1 and 2, 2012.

Among those 45 coaches is Rider Associate Head Coach John Hangey.

"I am very excited about the opportunity to be selected for the NWCA Leadership Academy," said Hangey, a 1993 All-American at Rider who has coached six Broncs to All-American status since joining the staff, on a part-time basis from 1994-97 and full time since 2000. "The Leadership Academy is designed for college wrestling coaches to develop CEO skills in running a Division I program, which is critical to the success of any program."

 "With the success of the past three Academies, we are looking forward to mentoring another group of outstanding head and assistant coaches," said NWCA President Brian Smith. "This is the second largest group of coaches that we have accepted to the Academy, last year there were 60 coaches enrolled, this continues to show the need for this type of leadership program."

"It is an opportunity for me to develop as a better coach for our University and wrestling program," said Hangey, whose career includes three years as head coach at Bucknell University.

The purpose of this Academy is to utilize peer group discussion among college coaches, athletic administrators, and CEOs to develop "best practices" for protecting and strengthening intercollegiate wrestling programs through this challenging economy. Further, the NWCA wants to help coaches better align their programs with educational values.  

Nationally renowned coaching development expert, Dr. Dan Gould from Michigan State University along with his staff, will be facilitating these discussions. 

The NWCA is able to cover the airfare, lodging, meals and convention registration fees for all participants due to the generosity of several wrestling benefactors.

The 2012 coaches that have been accepted to this year's Academy are: Dustin Baynes - Waldorf, Kriss Bellanca - Kutztown, Ryan Birt- Loras, Chris Bono- South Dakota State, Casey Bradley - William Penn, Kevin Bratland - North Central, Jeff Breese- Northern Illinois, Craig Brester - Univ. of Nebraska, Brian Burzynski - Muhlenberg, Ricky Deubel - Buffalo, Jon Egan - Roger Williams, Tom Erikson, Matthew Fisk - Appalachian State, Chris Fleeger - Purdue, Joel Greenlee- Ohio University, John Hangey- Rider, Othello Johnson - UNC-Pembroke, Corey King - York College, Andy Lausier- Sacred Heart, Ryan Ludwig - Northern Illinois, Joseph Martinez - Menlo, Jason Mester - Central Michigan, Joseph Miller - West Chester, Mitchell Monteiro - Cal Poly, Nate Moorman - King College, Troy Nickerson - Iowa State, Keith Norris - Johns Hopkins, J.P. O'Connor - Harvard, Tommy Owen- George Mason, Chris Pendleton - Wyoming, Joe Privitere - Briar Cliff, Joe Russell - George Mason, Doug Schwab - Northern Iowa, Zack Sheaffer - Drexel, Joey Simcoe - Tiffin, Mitch Smith- Alderson-Broaddus, Jeremy Spates- Cornell, Tyson Springer - Dickinson State, Brian Stith - Arizona State, John Stutzman - Bloomsburg, Jeremiah Tobias - Alma, Corey VanGroll - Concordia (Wisc), Biff Walizer - Millersville, Alex Whitney - Norwich, and Rob Yahrmarkt - Ohio Northern. 

Mentors for the 2012 Leadership Academy are as follows: Ron Beaschler, Mark Cody, Dave Kemmy, Carl Poff, Bill Racich, Archie Randall, Pat Santoro, Brian Smith, Jack Spates, Greg Strobel, and Lenny Zalesky.

"Our staff looks forward to working with this new group of coaches, along with the help of Dan Gould and his staff this will undoubtedly be a fantastic experience for each person in attendance," said Mike Moyer Executive Director of the NWCA.

The National Wrestling Coaches Association, established in 1928, is a non-profit organization for the advancement of all levels of the sport of wrestling with primary emphasis on developing coaches who work in academic environments.   The membership embraces all people interested in amateur wrestling.

The three core competencies of the NWCA are Coaching Development, student-athlete welfare, and promotion of wrestling.

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