The role of the high school coach in the college recruiting process
For the past three seasons Ty Swarm has worked as the head wrestling coach at Kearney High School in Kearney, Nebraska. Prior to that he spent 11 seasons as an assistant wrestling coach at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, an NCAA Division II power.
In other words, he’s been on both sides of the college recruitment process.
“I think the coach plays a supportive role in the recruitment process,” says Swarm. “If the wrestler has solid direction and support from their parent or guardian then the coach’s role will be less. If their parent or guardian is unsure or is not providing assistance in the recruitment process then the coach needs to fill this role to assist their wrestler.”
As the head coach at Jeffersonville High School in Jeffersonville, Indiana, Danny Struck takes pride when a wrestler from his program signs with a collegiate wrestling program. In the past 10 years a total of 27 wrestlers from the Jeffersonville High School program have competed in college and there are currently Jeffersonville wrestlers competing at the NCAA Division I, Division III and NAIA levels.
“Many of them never made it to state,” says Struck. “They loved to wrestle and found a school that suited them. If they want to wrestle, there is a place.”