July 17, 2008
Columbia, Mo. - Missouri wrestling Head Coach Brian Smith was named president-elect of the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA), as announced today. Smith, entering his 11th season with the Tiger squad, will begin his two-year term as president-elect on September 1 and will take on the roll of president in 2010.
"We're elated to have someone like Brian Smith be in line to be our next association president," NWCA Executive Director Mike Moyer said. "What he has done, not only with the wrestling program at Missouri, but with his student-athletes, is what leadership is about."
Current president-elect Jim Beichner of the University of Buffalo will ascend into the President position in the fall once current NWCA President Ron Mirikitani's term expires.
"I'm very honored to have been chosen to take on a leadership position with a sport that I have dedicated my life to," Smith said. I have a true passion for wrestling and I'm looking forward to working with the NWCA in the years to come."
The NWCA, established in 1928, is a professional organization dedicated to serving and providing leadership for the advancement of all levels of the sport of wrestling with primary emphasis on scholastic and collegiate programs.
Smith, the 2007 Dan Gable Coach of the Year, owns a 119-60-2 record in 10 years as the Head Coach of the Tigers and stands at 121-68-3 overall (11 years). Since joining the Missouri staff in 1998, Smith has coached 10 Tigers to 17 All-America honors, including current Freestyle Olympian Ben Askren who earned the program's first-ever National Title in 2006 and repeated the feat in 2007.