The Case for Clemson Wrestling Seizing The Moment! (A Unique Opportunity in Time) Prepared by: The Clemson Wrestling Alumni Steering Committee Alan C. Leet - The College Sports Council With Support from: National Wrestling Coaches Association, The US Olympic Committee, NUWAY, and USA Wrestling Thank You For Hosting our Wrestling Reunion Going Into Our 4th Year For Recognizing Noel Loban and Sam Henson in the Athletic Hall of Fame For Taking Time to Meet Today The History of Clemson Wrestling Term of Program: 1977-1995 Conference Success National Success International Success Successful Citizens Serving Their Communities and Nation National and Regional Trends in the Sport of Wrestling The Popularity of Wrestling in South Carolina and the Southeast is Growing Despite the Sport’s Popularity Intercollegiate Wrestling Opportunities are Very Limited in the Southeast High School Wrestlers are an UnderRecruited Talent Pool Nationally Clemson Uniquely Positioned to Add Wrestling Win Championships; Build a Nationally Competitive Program Modest Costs and Facility Needs Helps Achieve Mission Statement and Goals ACC on the Rise; A Natural Extension of Conference Programs Strong Alumni Group What Does Wrestling Offer? Championships! HUGE National Exposure and Access to Funding Attracts Highly Motivated Student-Athletes A Proving Ground for Military and Corporate Leaders Diversity Consultative Sources Steve Erber – Asst. AD Rob Cole – Head Coach Dave Martin – Sr. Assoc. AD John Smith – Head Coach Tim Curley – Athletic Dir. Jan Bortner – Assoc. Head Coach Derek van der Merwe – Sr. Assoc. AD Tom Borrelli – Head Coach John Barrett – Assoc AD Brendan Buckley – Head Coach Chris Boyer – Sr. Assoc. AD Kerry McCoy – Head Coach Jon Jaudon – Assoc. AD Tony Roby – Asst. Coach Debbie Yow – Asst. AD Carter Jordan – Head Coach Valerie Richardson – Asst. AD Steve Garland – Head Coach Beth Miller – Asst. AD C.D. Mock – Head Coach Jon Jackson – Athletic Dir. Clar Anderson – Head Coach Consultative Sources Mike Moyer – Executive Director Jordan Griffith – Senior Director Rich Bender – Executive Director Leo Kocher – President and University of Chicago Professor & Wrestling Coach COLLEGE SPORTS COUNCIL Scott Blackmun – CEO Dave Dean - Founder John Mitchell – SC Director Cliff Fretwell – GA Director Discussion/Comments? Next Steps?