On this episode of On Deck, Ben Askren is joined by 4x All-American, 2x NCAA Champion, and co-founder of Young Guns Wrestling Club, Jody Strittmatter. Strittmatter, current assistant coach at University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown, has coached Division I prodigies including Penn State’s Jason Nolf and Vincenzo Joseph and Iowa’s Spencer Lee to name a few. Askren and Strittmatter discuss all things club wrestling from athlete development to how to get athletes and parents to buy in.
0:00 Show Introduction
2:37 Coaching Influence
4:57 Recruitment Out of High School
7:16 Transferring to Iowa
11:20 Dan Gable
14:05 Tom + Terry Brands
15:42 Jim Zalesky
16:54 Young Guns Wrestling Club
20:31 Club + Development Morals
23:20 Tailoring Coaching to Athletes
27:05 The First Big Name From YGWC
28:10 Jason Nolf
33:10 Spencer Lee
35:49 Vincenzo Joseph
37:47 When Did You Go From Good to Great?
Introducing something unprecedented to the wrestling community, On Deck Podcast with host Ben Askren. On Deck is a weekly podcast featuring interviews with the top athletes, coaches, and personalities of the wrestling world discussing current events, life stories, and everything in between.
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