was born in 1949 in Asheville, NC and went to Asheville City Schools. The person who influenced me the most besides my parents was Coach Randy Champion, my high school wrestling coach. His influence directed the rest of my life by leading me into a life of teaching and coaching.
was fortunate enough for Kings Mountain High School to hire me as the head wrestling coach in 1978, and I coached there until 1993. This was the best and most rewarding job of my life. We won many conferences, sectional, and regional championships and were in Dual Team State finals. Throughout my 15-year coaching career, I was able to coach 12 all-state wrestlers and 9 more that made it to the state finals. Dremiel Byers, one of my former wrestlers, won 10 national titles. He won the 2002 world championship and was a 2008 and 2012 Olympian.
of this has been a blessing and a great ride, but the best thing about coaching has nothing to do with the wins or losses or the championships. I can honestly say the greatest reward of coaching is the impact we as coaches get to have on the great youth of this country. You young coaches remember that you have the opportunity to touch the lives of everyone you come across. Young eyes are constantly watching the coaches for guidance, knowledge, and, yes, love. I have always viewed and treated the teams that I coached as family. I truly loved and cared for my teams. Sure, you want to win, but the wins and losses will take care of themselves because it's about the relationships and influence you have on young people.