Coach: Ray Barron High school: Heritage Sport: wrestling What made you decide you wanted to become a coach in your present sport? I wrestled in …
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Coach: Ray Barron
High school: Heritage
What made you decide you wanted to become a coach in your
I wrestled in junior high, high school and college and wanted to
give something back to the sport that had given me so much.
Describe one of the best moments you can remember from your
After 38 years as a head coach, it is hard to pick one but
probably at Heritage. It was the first time we beat the powerhouse
of the time, Cherry Creek, coached by Steve Foster.
What was one of the most heartbreaking moments of your coaching
In 1989, going into the last Saturday of state, we were in first
place with four wrestlers still alive and all we had to do was win
one match and we would have been state champions as a team, and we
lost all four.
If a young athlete came to you and said he or she was interested
in a career as a coach, what advice would you give him/her?
To be ready to give the time that is needed to do the job and
hope that your family is willing to buy into what you have the
passion to do.
What do you do for fun that isn’t related to the sport you
I play golf in the summer and enjoy my family, especially by
What is the toughest decision a coach in your sport has to make
on a fairly consistent basis?
If a kid deserves a chance to wrestle-off for a spot on the
varsity [team] or not.
If you could coach for any professional sports team for one
year, which would it be and what changes would you make?
I would not. I enjoy coaching people who love the sport for the
sport, and that it is not a job to them.
Your present team just won the state championship. What do you
(and/or the team) do to celebrate the achievement?
Revel in all of what it took to get there, because only we truly
know what it took to accomplish this task.
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