Former VMI associate head wrestling coach, Aaron Bruce was recently announced as the new Rockbridge County head wrestling coach. Shortly after the announcement, the program leadership organized an informal "meet and greet" at the Maury River Middle School cafeteria to introduce coach Bruce and have him lay out his vision for the program. Most notably, emphasis was placed on the overarching goal of the program being focused on character development of everyone involved in the program. Victory will be pursued with great passion no doubt, but through this endeavor, all those involved will stretched in the pursuit of strengthening the "total person".
During the presentation. Coach Bruce introduced a leadership document found at rockbridgewrestling.com
. 3 underlining goals will form the foundation of the program: Hard Work, Smart Work, and Team Work
Coach Bruce also laid out a specific checklist of goals he would like to see accomplished this summer/fall before the 2017-18 season begins.
o Have a team camping/canoe trip in summer
o Send 10 kids to VMI camp (subsidize $50/wrestler)
o Have 10 kids compete in 2 fall pre-season
o Get 2 parents from middle school/elementary on
Team Hammer Board.
o Get a functioning web site. We currently have the backbone for the site at rockbridgewrestling.com.
o Set a realistic fundraising goal with a detailed
o Recruit! Everyone in program (wrestlers, parents, friends) needs to keep a sharp
eye out for athletic kids who do not play a winter sport. Pay special attention for the smaller kids
who will never play basketball/football. Also, we have to get our football big guys out. I am convinced that in the last 3 weights, a sessional wrestler who is a good athlete can be a high state placer. Specifically, next season we need 113, 126,