Randy Roark, Matt Neely win awards from NWCA

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Lebanon girls’ wrestling coaches Randy Roark (right) and Matt Neely (left) were awarded with the NWCA Coach of the Year awards for head and assistant coaches in the state of Missouri. The girls’ wrestling team captured the schools first State championship in school history.

By: 
ALEX BOYER ALEX@LACLEDERECORD.COM

Manheim, Pa. — The National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) is proud to announce the 2019 winners of the Inaugural State and National High School Girls Coach of the Year awards. These awards were made available for any state whose high school association sponsored a Girls Championship, Pilot, or Invitational during the 2018-19 season. This program will continue to grow as the number of states sanctioning high school continues to grow. To date Girls High School Wrestling is now sanctioned in 18 states. States sponsoring girls championships: Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts. Maine, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Washington.

This year’s National Girls Coach of the Year is Mike Kimber from Mt. Edgecumbe High Schooll (AK) and the National Girls Assistant Coach of the Year is Brad Warren from Rossville High School (TN). Both Kimber and Warren were selected as State Coach of the Year winners.

For the state of Missouri, Section 5, Lebanon high school head coach Randy Roark was presented the award for Head Coach of the Year, and assistant coach Matt Neely won the Section 5 Girls Assistant Coach of the Year.

In the first year of girls’ wrestling in Missouri, the Lady ‘Jackets captured the first state championship in school history for a team sport and had one state champion in Quincey Glendenning at 131-pounds.

“The NWCA is proud to launch the National Girls Coach of the Year program to recognize outstanding coaches who are going above and beyond to help grow girls’ wrestling across our country,” NWCA Executive Director Mke Moyer said. “We now have 18 states sponsoring girls’ wrestling with many more having great discussions about implementation in their state.”

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