SSN Coach Profiles: Nicholas Brobst, wrestling

Jason Stutz

Coach Nicholas Brobst is preparing for his second season as head coach of the Royals wrestling team. He started his coaching career at TC Howe, then headed to HSE after 3 years at Mooresville.

When asked about what motivated him to become a coach, Brobst noted that he was a 3-sport athlete in High School (playing baseball, football, and wrestling), so he’s always loved being around sports. He also highlighted his fifth-grade teacher, who was also his baseball coach from the 5th grade to high school.

It was apparent that Brobst’ appreciation for his former coach goes further than the lessons he taught between the lines. “He really influenced me as a young man. He showed me how to be a good person all around.”

Today, Brobst’ coaching philosophy seems to be modelled off of his coaching inspiration. However, Brobst also noted that he believes his philosophy changes over time. In the inner city, wrestling provided a safe place for his athletes. While at Mooresville, his main priority was winning.

Now, at HSE, Brobst stated that, “I see the bigger picture now. We still want to win but we’re focusing more on development across the board. Every athlete is important regardless of their current skill level.” Brobst searches and sees the potential in all of his athletes and wants them to be the best they can be.

When asked about the highlights of his coaching career, Brobst said that he loves seeing athletes make major leaps on his teams. Such as when an athlete goes from the JV team one year to qualifying for state the next.

To Brobst, the point of high school athletics is simple: get kids involved, have a good time, and help them develop as students, athletes, and young men/women. The only non-negotiable to be a part of Brobst teams is that you work hard. “nobody who won’t put in the effort can wrestle. They can start off horrible, but if they try hard, they can make it.”

Brobst graduated from Purdue and currently teaches at HSE with his wife, Kacy. They have a son named Logan and a daughter named Avery. Outside of HSE, Brobst coaches Junior High football, belongs to the Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Committee, and coaches the Indiana National Team at the cadet level.