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Husky assistant wrestling coach honored with national association award


May 30, 2017

TOMAS ROSA holds his award from the National Wrestling Coaches Association.

Sweet Home assistant wrestling coach Tomas Rosa has been named the Oregon High School Assistant Coach of the Year by the National Wrestling Coaches Association.

Rosa has been an assistant with the Huskies for seven years, joining the staff after finishing a four-year wrestling career at Southern Oregon University.

He was nominated for the award by Coach Steve Thorpe.

“He’s an integral part of what we do,” said Thorpe, who heads the Sweet Home Mat Club as well as the high school program, which won a state championship this year. “In our program, all of our coaches bring something. They make us better. He brings knowledge and he’s capable of motivating wrestlers. As an athlete, Tomas was a hard worker.”

Rosa said he was kept in the dark during the process.

“I guess (Thorpe) had been putting together a portfolio that was submitted to the powers that be. It’s kind of a cool thing,” he said.

Qualifications for the award include contributions to the wrestling program, promotion of the program, activities in putting on tournaments and other events.

“I put together a lot of videos and help promote our program through that, through different things like Facebook,” said Rosa, who teaches language arts at the high school.

Being on campus is a big plus, he said.

“Being in school is huge because I get to sweep the halls and tell kids to come out for wrestling, find a kid who’s the right size and give them a little encouragement. I get to check in on these kids’ grades.”

He said he sees participation as a big key to the Huskies’ success.

“More numbers is always great and that’s something I’ve been able to help Thorpe out with, promotion and just getting kids out on the team. I think getting another guy in the building is huge.”

Thorpe noted that longtime assistants Tim Boatright and Steve Schilling have been similarly honored previously.

“Part of what’s cool about Tomas getting this is he doesn’t think he’s doing anything other than what he’s supposed to do,” Thorpe said. “He’s a great example to wrestlers of what it’s like to be a good husband, to be good at your job, to be a good father.”

Rosa said the real contributors are the athletes.

“As a coach you don’t like to get – you know, the awards aren’t about you, they’re about the kids. But it’s nice for someone to say, ‘Hey, good job.’

“This is something, when I’m really old, I’ll look back at. For right now, though, it’s hard to get too excited. I don’t think I’ll hang my hat on it.”


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