MEEt our coaches
who is coach vader ? (CHRIS)
I began wrestling at age of about 13-14 with my older brother. Wrestled at Vacaville High School 1986- 1988. ( 1988 Tony Vidaurti award winner). Two high school coaches ( Larry and DAVE Nelson) are members of Ca. Wrestling Hall of Fame.
1992-1994 coached at Bellevue West High School in Nebraska (while in U.S. Air Force). While there, helped coach 2 state champions (one ended up being an NAIA All American) and 4 state placers. Coached at Jesse Bethal High School in Vallejo in the schools first two years of existence
while it was a Frosh/Soph high school and also helped with Vallejo P.A.L. Wrestling when possible.
Currently helping with Rodriguez when needed. Alex has allowed me to help with Colts/Green Valley in 2009 until present. We have several state champions, state finalists, state medalist, and middle school Tournament of Champions medalist with Colts/GV. Love Freestyle and Greco- Roman wrestling.
Wrestling helped me stay out of trouble when I was young, it provided me discipline and a place i could be comfortable and compete and learn.
My wrestling philosophy:
Being mentally tough,
Master the basics,
Out condition your opponent.
who is coach ALEX ?
I started wrestling around 3rd -4th grade down in The Valley.. wrestled for Madera Wrestling Club... To this day still Keep in touch with my youth wrestling coach... Moved to the Bay area in junior high and wrestled for Benicia middle school and Benicia high school... As a youth Played in several sports and always had coaches help me out especially my wrestling coach...
I Have been running the youth program for about 14 years now...
Why do I coach Wrestling?? ....... I wanted to give back to the community .... I felt like this was a way to do that... Enjoy working with kids and helping them grow... Didn't have a lot as a kid but I had sports that kept me busy and out of trouble also had great coaches... One of the main reasons why we try to keep the cost at a reasonable price... so all kids can participate
My Wrestling Philosophy:
Wrestling is the most humbling sport in the world. It teaches you how to win how to lose and how to get back up.
They say once you wrestle you can do anything
Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard.
#1 rule for OUR mat - You can NEVER say cant !
Things for the athletes to remember while at practice:
1. Always keep safety in mind.
2. Cover all wounds, rashes and scratches with sports tape BEFORE practice.
3. Keep fingernails cut short.
4. No talking while a coach is instructing.
5. No horse playing during practice.
6. Be respectful to each other (especially adults) at all times.
7. Wrestle hard and Have Fun.
8. Everyone helps roll up mats before going home.
Things to remember while away from practice:
1. If you wear a Colts shirt, always represent the Colts in a positive manner.
2. Do your homework.
3. Shower after every practice.