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I know Jeff Buxton had a spectacularly successful career as a high school coach and there is no doubt he knows wrestling. But isn't it odd that a high school coach is now coaching what is essentially a group of professionals wrestling internationally.

 

I don't think you'd see a high school coach hired to coach in the NBA or the NFL, at least not without coaching a few years in college first.

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I know Jeff Buxton had a spectacularly successful career as a high school coach and there is no doubt he knows wrestling. But isn't it odd that a high school coach is now coaching what is essentially a group of professionals wrestling internationally.

 

I don't think you'd see a high school coach hired to coach in the NBA or the NFL, at least not without coaching a few years in college first.

He's a great technical coach.

 

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I know Jeff Buxton had a spectacularly successful career as a high school coach and there is no doubt he knows wrestling. But isn't it odd that a high school coach is now coaching what is essentially a group of professionals wrestling internationally.

 

I don't think you'd see a high school coach hired to coach in the NBA or the NFL, at least not without coaching a few years in college first.

He isn't a high school coach. He is a professional/SR level coach.

 

 

Steve Bush was hired away from a high school to join the Dolphins Staff. And in 2009, 20 percent of the 610 coaches in the NFL started their careers at the high school level.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/23/AR2009082301432.html

 

 

There aren't nearly as many full-time professional (international) and college jobs in wrestling as their are in football and basketball and as a result, there are MANY wrestling coaches in the high school (or youth club) ranks that could be leading college and international athletes.

 

 

"Sometimes the best high school coaches make the best college coaches (Kevin Scarbinsky)"

http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2014/01/sometimes_the_best_high_school.html

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I think we've all met wrestlers who have great credentials who are terrible coaches--can't explain anything, can't motivate anyone, no concept of organization, think that everyone should just be able to do what they do/did without being taught, cannot relate to anyone not like themselves.  How many NFL, NBA, or MLB coaches were superstars in their respective sports?  (And I know, wrestling is different, but the general concept I think remains consistent.)  The greatest coaches I worked with were not World or Olympic champs, some not even national champs.

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As pointed out he was hardly "just another HS coach". He also had those kids wrestle the internal styles. He would also coach the grads at the Senior level tournaments. And on and on. Interesting story, after Gallick graduated his mom would often corner him. She was really good.

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I think we've all met wrestlers who have great credentials who are terrible coaches--can't explain anything, can't motivate anyone, no concept of organization, think that everyone should just be able to do what they do/did without being taught, cannot relate to anyone not like themselves. How many NFL, NBA, or MLB coaches were superstars in their respective sports? (And I know, wrestling is different, but the general concept I think remains consistent.) The greatest coaches I worked with were not World or Olympic champs, some not even national champs.

Team sports have schemes. A lot of the best position coaches dealing with individual techniques were good competitor's in those sports. And even with that Phil Jackson, Steve Kerr, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre all played at the highest level.

 

The NFL/NBA and MLB are all revenue sports. The athletes are making good money from competing so when they are done competing they can retire or have the capital to persue opportunities outside of coaching their sport so they have less top level competitor's trying to coach.

 

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