Some things you forgot to mention: Readers junior year he lost at Big XIIs in which KJ was ****** because "he cost me my bonus" or how KJ refuses to donate to the CWC because he has already given enough to the program as an athlete and coach (I mean who wouldn't want to invest into their own business or company knowing your investment would benefit the business/program. Also if the head coach isn't willing to join the CWC but encourage others to why would they?).
I think or I know I would not be upset with KJ if it wasn't for KJ running his mouth telling us what's going to happen or making predictions of guys or the team only to not live up to or meet the expectations. Sure you can say you love the fire or attitude he brings but when you aren't even doing what you are saying you will makes me ****** more than anything as the saying goes don't tell me what you are going to do DO IT! Cyclone wrestling has high expectations you don't have to tell me anything I don't already expect BUT now we are having the coach telling us about how he is going to make his critics eat it and prove them/me wrong. When's the last time you see a coach call out his critics if he is than he is too worried about what's going on outside the room instead of focusing on his guys. Lesson one coach don't worry about the critics put your guys who committed to the program FIRST instead of yourself.
People have asked what I expect or want from a coach.
Being able to motivate his athletes to succeed: TB has it, John Smith has it, Rob Koll has it, J Rob has it, DAN GABLE INVENTED IT!
Nurture relationships: Important to have a great relationship with your athletes in and outside the room. A great relationship between athlete/coach will improve the athlete to compete harder, give more, etc. Having a coach who cares not only about developing their athlete in the sport but as well as in life. A great coach cares about what's going on with their athlete day-to-day. It is important to know that a coach has our best interest in mind in all areas. Again look at the best coaches in the country and they have this. DAN GABLE PERFECTED IT!
Communication ? A coach can have all the technical knowledge in the world but if he can’t communicate and teach effectively, the knowledge is useless. Clear communication stems from realizing how each player learns and tailoring the information to reach its intended target. The best coaches are able to deliver criticism and praise in a way that players will take to heart.
KJ has very poor communication. This is evident by his public speaking, his inability to develop individuals. I will go ahead and give you credit about Varner, Zabriskie, Reader, Sorenson, etc but I also would like to think these guys would have excelled no matter what but like I said I will go ahead and give KJ the credit but he also needs to be responsible for the other guys as well.
Leadership ? Great coaches give their teams direction and motivation to help them to reach their goals. They have a plan, are organized and find a way to encourage their teams to believe and work together. The best coaches are those that will lead an enthusiastic, excelling, growing team by personal example.
KJ does not have a plan in place. This is evident by the way the guys are training, cutting weight, who he has on staff. Coming late to practices or not even showing up to morning work outs does not help with getting your athletes to perform. I understand waking up early stinks-I love my sleep but your athletes look up to you/they expect you to LEAD them. Their is no direction, no motivation by every wrestler. I understand this sport is both an individual/team sport but when you start focusing on a couple of guys because the rest are not up to standards is when you start losing your program, tradition, etc. I am proud and happy with the success from Sorenson, Spangler, Beard but to just focus this year on them and ignore the others is not what makes the best programs the best. Iowa has 30+ guys who all truly believe they are going to be National Champions, they may not come out and say it but you know they believe it. Last year cyclone fans focused on Jon Reader to get through the season, this year Sorenson/Spangler/Beard-it should not be that way
"You guys know why I am here. I wouldn’t have come here if I didn’t think we could get it done. Our goal is to be the best. Our goals are to win every match, win every tournament, to win every dual, TO BEAT OUR CROSS-STATE RIVALS. I can’t wait until we perform at Hilton Coliseum in that Iowa-Iowa State dual. That is going to be a great experience for everyone. You are going to see a change in our tactics, in our scoring, in our aggressiveness and the things that we are going to do to win matches."
I AM STILL WAITING ON THE CHANGE IN TACTICS, SCORING, AGGRESSIVENESS, AS WELL AS OUR VICTORY OVER NOT JUST OUR CROSS-STATE RIVAL BUT ANOTHER PROGRAM PERIOD!
“There are several things I have to adjust to. I know I have a learning curve. The recruiting process is probably the most important part of it. Right now we are pretty solid in our lineup but I think immediately a there is a gap for the next season that I have to close in the recruiting process. I think we have a package that won’t be denied."
SO WHEN KJ CAME ON BOARD HE WAS FULLY AWARE RECRUITING WOULD PLAY A HUGE FACTOR. SO WHY WOULDN'T HE FOCUS ON THIS AND HIT THE ROADS RECRUITING HIS BUTT OFF? THIS QUOTE HERE PRETTY MUCH TELLS ME KJ RECOGNIZED THE IMPORTANCE OF RECRUITING BUT YET LET 2 YEARS SLIP AWAY.
“I am excited to be running the wrestling program. With this group of young men we are going to have a lot of fun and do a lot of winning."
Also, you act like there has been no recruiting the last two years. We have brought in a number of decent guys, but even guys like Finch or a healthy Gadsen are going to take a few years to fully develop.
One thing that kills me about KJ is that Oklahoma was able to bring in Mark Cody while we had to settle for a guy who was a college assistant for like 2 years over 20 years ago and didn't light the world on fire as coach of USA wrestling.
Something just doesn't seem right about that.
I personally believe KJ can get it done, I have some questions and am not happy with the last two seasons, but I think there are some big obstacles in the way of ISU succeeding and some bad luck as well. KJ is a champion to his core. I can't imagine anyone who is both a world champion and an olympic champion not finding a way to win. I'm sure he wants badly to be a champion coach and he will figure out how to do that.
That said, I can see some of your points Queso. First, yes, Dan Gable is probably the best wrestling coach of all-time and I would say he is probably one of the best coaches period, regardless of sport. Would have been nice to keep him around. Next, I do start to question how well KJ has been able to motivate and develop all of the guys. He's done great with Varner, Z, Reader, Sorenson, etc. but it's those mid-level to average guys that I never seem to see much from. I won't say he's not capable of developing and motivating, but some of the performances raise questions and makes me believe there is room for improvement, but again I believe he will be able to make those improvements. Lastly, whatever our conditioning program is, it seems to need some changing. Having a good gastank and never giving up goes a long ways in this sport. I'm sure KJ didn't get to being a world and olympic champ by just doing the same stuff over and over and not working to improve and I don't think he is treating his job as a coach any differently. I have faith that things will improve.
In KJs defense as far as the public speaking goes, public speaking doesn't necessarily count for much. Brands comes off as dumber than a box of rocks in front of the media, but I'm sure he's smarter than he appears in his interviews.
So why do we have so many injuries?
If KJ did such a great job developing Jake Varner like everyone on here gives him credit for then why doesn't Varner come to Ames to train for a week or so from time to time.
I personally don't think KJ did as much with Varner but did improve Zabriskie and Long and Reader and now Sorenson and Spangler. Varner was well on his way to being an undefeated national champ before KJ got there. Varner was alway going to follow Cael, they're like brothers.
Concussions are bad luck. Simonson knee is nobodys fault and is Gadsen's shoulder issues. Not sure on Weatherman's neck, could be effect of the neck wrench from Chase Nelson match last year. So many are bad luck.
Concussions include Cash, Moreno, Mayfield, and Ta Weatherman that I know of.
Knee of Simonson
Neck of Weatherman
Trevor Voelker, Jerome Ward - I'm not sure of.
Boaz Beard - deep thigh bruise
Mike Moreno - concussion, ankle , shoulder
It looks to me and I will freely admit that I am NO wrestling expert as I never wrestled but My Son did Wrestle in High School....
As I say it looks to me that our wrestling program right now this year resembles a toothache that just keeps right on a hurtin'.....
Til you pull the darned thing.....