July 9, 2012
From an NWCA Release
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue assistant coach Chris Fleeger was awarded a full scholarship to the 2012 National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Coaching Leadership Academy on Monday, and will travel to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on August 1 for the event. Fleeger follows in the footsteps of Boilermaker head coach Scott Hinkel, who was a part of the event's inaugural class in 2009.
"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."
Fleeger heads to the academy after returning to his alma mater in May of this year. He was the head coach at Darton State College during the 2011-12 campaign, and served as a volunteer assistant with the Boilermakers from 2008 to 2010.
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.
"We have been extremely fortunate that a select group of incredibly generous donors has made this educational program possible for the past four years. This program is vital to the future success of these coaches, their programs and the sport of college wrestling as a whole," said Mike Moyer Executive Director of the NWCA.
"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."