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"Wrestled All My Life, Want to
Coach in Utah ... Where Do I Start?"
My name is Andy Coyle. I wrestled all my life and I am
looking to relocate to Utah. I love coaching and I
love the sport. I am currently coaching in Colorado,
but Utah is calling me. I have a great understanding
of the sport having competed for 16 years in
folkstyle, freestyle, and Greco-Roman, and I would
like to continue giving back to young competitors.
I am looking to relocate near Salt Lake City.
I have been searching around, but it is overwhelming
to find what I am looking for. I want to teach and
coach, but I need to find a school that will allow me
to complete an alternate licensure program for
teaching. I know many schools accept teachers via this
program. Any help you could give me would be greatly
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One place to get information is the Utah
High School Activities Association Web site (www.uhsaa.org)
. If there are not job listings, there is certainly
information about the high schools, who holds tournaments,
etc., which would give you a good feel for the high-school
wrestling scene in Utah.
There are sometimes openings for coaches
that are sent to
www.UtahWrestling.org, also, but I can’t say how often
Another place I would look at the Web
sites for the school districts in the Salt Lake Valley.
The ones I can think of off the top of my head are Jordan
School District (www.jordandistrict.org),
Salt Lake City School District (www.slc.k12.ut.us),
Granite School District (www.graniteschools.org)
and Murray School District (www.murrayschools.org).
Next year, Jordan School District is going to be cut in
half, one half becoming Canyons School District (www.canyonsdistrict.org)
and the other remaining Jordan School District. These Web
sites often have job listings for their schools, or links
to the specific schools themselves, which might have
As far as other requirements, Jordan
School District requires NFHS certification, as well as
CPR certification. I would assume that the other school
districts do, as well. The schools may even cover the cost
of NFHS and CPR classes. In Jordan School District (where
I am an assistant coach), both classes are held regularly.
(NFHS included a class and online training. It was pretty
good. I don’t regret it a bit.)
As far as teaching, I don’t know much
about that, because I am a college instructor, and do not
deal with that sort of thing at the high-school level.
I hope this helps.
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