Meet Head Wrestling Coach Nick Brobst
Q: How many years have you been coaching wrestling and what makes you love it?
A: This is year 10 of coaching for me. 3rd year at HSE. I love it because of the development we can see in our athletes quickly. A lot of times in sports, it takes months or years to see success after starting, but in wrestling the gains can be made much more quickly, so that’s fun. It’s also great to see how the kids grow and mature over the years I get to coach them.
Q: If you were trying to convince someone to wrestle, what would you tell them?
A: I’d tell them 3 things:
1) Wrestling is the basis for all athletics. It develops muscles, stability, balance, speed, and mental toughness. Lessons you learn from wrestling can transfer to other sports easily, especially other contact sports.
2) Wrestling develops life skills like discipline and mental toughness.
3) It’s not easy. In fact, it’s downright hard, but any success you have is yours alone and can’t be taken away from you. There’s nothing quite as exhilarating and satisfying as getting your hand raised after a big match.
Q: What are your goals for the team this upcoming season?
A: Realistically, I want this team to win Mudsock, finish top 3 at conference (the toughest in the state) and win Sectional and Regional titles. Individually, our goal is to qualify 5 or more individuals to the state finals.
Q: What make wrestling different than other sports like football?
A: In wrestling, you’re on your own. Yeah, there’s a team aspect to it, but even if your team loses, you can still win. You don’t get help when you’re out there. It takes a really special athlete to take on that type of responsibility. There’s no hiding in wrestling.
Additionally, it takes an amount of discipline unparalleled by other sports. The mental load that it takes in addition the physical grind is unlike any other school sanctioned sport. Not to say it’s harder than all of them, just unique amongst them because of the self-discipline in addition to technique it takes to succeed.
By: Andrew Irick