Hawkeye Wrestling Club
Greetings to all former Hawk Wrestlers, Parents, and Supporters!
It has been my honor and pleasure to coach you and your kids at Laguna Hills High School since 1979. When I took over the program in 1984 as head coach, I had no idea about the great ride we would all be in for. I have enjoyed each and every team and have many fond memories of our struggles and accomplishments.
Perhaps the most gratifying and important achievement for me has been coaching thousands of you the great sport of wrestling and the foundation it provides: building character and discipline that are used for a lifetime.
Over the past 30+ years, Laguna Hills has become an Orange County & Southern Section wrestling powerhouse. Our accomplishments include:
• Winning a CA State record 29 consecutive league championships (1988-present)
• 13 CIF Championships – more than any LHHS sports program and more than any other Orange County wrestling program
• 9 x CIF Runner Ups
• 8 CA State medalists, 46 State Qualifiers, 35 CIF Individual Champions & 176 CIF Medalists
• 8 x Orange County Team of the Year – 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
•Ranked in the OC Wrestling Top 10 every year since 1988 including nine #1 end-of-season rankings
• Overall record of 472-79, an .860 winning percentage
In June 2016, I officially retired from teaching and transitioned to Director of Wrestling position; this enables me to focus on administrative and fundraising duties.
John Hayes (2008) is now the current head coach, Frankie Arounvong (2011), and Kyle Bergstedt will assume the day-to day coaching duties. All three are CIF Champions and CA State Qualifiers/Medalists.
In order to build the wrestling program into the highly competitive level I envisioned several decades ago, I have managed both coaching and fundraising duties for many years. In 1995, I started the Hawkeye Wrestling Club, a non-profit, charitable 501c3 organization as an additional training and funding source for both our youth club and high school wrestling programs.
Along with the tournaments we host as fundraisers, these endeavors have become the main financial support of the wrestling team as the school and District have provided NO FUNDING for the past 15 years.
In my new role, I will be focused on raising $25,000 per year to maintain LHHS as a premier program and to achieve and even higher level of success in the future. It is my goal to provide the new coaching staff with a yearly income stream necessary to maintain the competitive level we have achieved and to improve our performances in select areas.
My goals include sending our kids to national-level tournaments and camps to compete against nationally-ranked competition as well as hiring nationally-recognized coaches to provide clinics at LHHS for our wrestlers. Generated funds will also pay for tournament entry fees, travel expenses, and mats and uniforms for a wrestling program that averages 70 wrestlers per year.
I remain so thankful for your past and ongoing commitment to the wrestling program and for the sweat you shed to build the program into what it is today.
If your participation in wrestling kept you in school, gave you a niche, or just helped mold you into the person you are today, I am asking you to pay it forward by making a generous donation the Hawkeye Wrestling Club. This will ensure the program’s continued success and will touch the lives of many future Hawk wrestlers.
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Once again, a most sincere thank-you,