Every year around 50 of the brightest and smartest coaches looking to further their coaching education attend the USA Wrestling Silver Clinic at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. The three day clinic involves all day teaching and the coaches sleep on site. This year I was selected to go, making it my second time going to the OTC for this event. I was joined by six other coaches from Indiana.
I left Saturday out of Cincinnati (CVG) flying Frontier to Colorado Springs (COS) and back on the following Thursday on Aligiant out of Denver (DEN) to Cincinnati. While waiting for my plane in Cincinnati I took advantage of one of the perks of having a Chase Sapphire Reserve card and went into the lounge, which had food and drinks (soda and alcohol) available (at no charge).
Sunday we headed out to Denver for the Rockies game. Coors Field was pretty impressive and even while losing the hometown crowd was great. We pretty much stayed in downtown Denver the entire day, before and after the game.
The goal was to hike a 14k mountain (as is tradition with this trip), however the weather was too icy to make a safe trip up a mountainside. So trying to make the most of the trip, we traveled to Golden, CO to visit the Coors plant. The Coors plant offers free tours (that include samples) and is the only plant (in the MillerCoors family) that brews Coors Banquet Beer (to take advantage of the local water). It was a bit old, but it was also massive and had trunks constantly coming and going.
After touring the plant, we made our way to Colorado School of Mines, which is an engineering school located in Golden. The Division II school has a wrestling team and an impressive facility. The head coach of the team, Austin DeVoe, was kind enough to give us a tour of the locker, weight, and wrestling rooms and give us a run down of the team.
Tuesday & Wednesday
The clinic was from Monday night to Thursday morning, which the average day packed with different session going from 8AM to 7PM each day. The sessions range from on the match technique training from Olympic coaches to sports psychology training in the classroom. I’ve included the schedule of events here.
Thursday was the hike and checkout day at the OTC. At 6AM we myself and a few other coaches met with Mike Clayton and his wife, who took us to Seven Bridges Train. The trail wraps through a valley and over a small stream that has a total of seven bridge crossings over it. With the snow fall the trail looked like something from a postcard. Near the entrance to the park there is a bakery with these amazing cookies – I’m killing myself right now since I can’t remember the name of the place.