Paonia wrestling coach Andy Pipher was recently named the 2013 Colorado Coach of the Year by the National Wrest-ling Coaches Association (NWCA).
"Man, I'm really surprised," said Pipher. "It's quite an honor."
Pipher said that while he's honored, he doesn't always pay much attention to awards. "To me it's all about the kids," he said. Pipher's son, Bo, was state runner-up at 126 pounds.
This February, Paonia qualified 13 for state, and sent 12 to the finals. The Eagles scored 205.5 points to win this year's state Class 2A title, 57.5 points ahead of second place. Pipher was also named Class 2A and state Coach of the Year by the Colorado High School Activities Association, honors he also garnered in 2012. Pipher has earned four state team titles and has coached 10 individuals to 12 state championships since he took over as head coach in 1997.
"On behalf of the NWCA Board of Directors, I want to congratulate all of the state award recipients for their extraordinary contributions to our sport," said NWCA President Rob Koll in a press release. "I can't imagine how our committee will be able to select regional and national winners given the vast accomplishments of the state winners."
Pipher is now eligible for regional and national awards, which will be announced in May.
Individual champions under Paonia wrestling coach Andy Pipher:
2000 - Luke Chesnik, 160
2003 - Billy Gaston, 130
2006 - Chris Kennedy, HWT
2007 - Tanner Ridgway, 171
2008 - Justin Smith, 145; Devon Brown, 171
2009 - Justin Iacovetto, 119; Lucas Wiggins, 152
2010 - James Drinkhouse, 140; Justin Smith, 160
2012 - Jesse Reed, 113
2013 - Jesse Reed, 120blog comments powered by Disqus