Q: What made you decide to be a college wrestling coach?
A: I wanted to have the ability to help kids achieve their goals on and off the mat. Having been an athlete myself, I know how important a role coaches play in an athlete's life.
Q: What is your favorite style of wrestling to coach? Why?
A: Obviously in the US we are coaching folkstyle the majority of the time. I like to coach freestyle because of the chess match it involves - a lot more tactics and strategy. As a coach I feel it challenges me a bit more having to deal with so many different styles from other countries.
Q: What is your most memorable moment as a coach? As an athlete?
A: As a coach, helping Boris Novachcov bounce back from a disappointing loss in the quarterfinals of NCAAs and having him come back and get 3rd place and ending his career with a victory. Although it wasn't what he wanted, I was happy to see him bounce back and finish third. As an athlete, making the Olympic team was obviously a dream come true.
Q: When did you start wrestling as a kid and who pushed you the most throughout your career?
A: I started wrestling my freshman year in high school after my freshman football coach talked me in to giving it a try. He pushed me throughout my high school career and I wouldn't be where I am without him. Obviously John Smith played a pivotal role in my career after having a disappointing college career he still kept me working and believed in me that I could do better.
Q: Who is your favorite professional sports team:
A: I'm more of a college sports fan.
Q: What is your favorite TV Show?
A: It varies, but I've always liked watching Law & Order
Q: What is the last book you've read?
A: The Alchemist
Q: What is your favorite food?
Q: What is your favorite Raleigh-area restaurant so far?
A: The Flying Biscuit
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