KWCA recognizes BHS coach, wrestler
Baldwin High School wrestling coach Joel Eberhart received the honor of being named the Class 4A Assistant Coach of the Year for the 2009-2010 wrestling season by the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association.
Eberhart has been an assistant coach for four years, the last three at BHS. He is a senior at Kansas University and wrestled for Labette County High.
“I was definitely surprised,” Eberhart said. “I have only been coaching for four years and I am sure that there are plenty of other guys out there who have been coaching for a much longer time that do a nice job coaching their teams as well.”
The BHS wrestlers enjoy having Eberhart as a part of the team.
“He is a really good coach and inspiring,” junior Colby Soden said. “He really deserves this honor.”
Junior Jesse Austin agreed with Soden.
“He is very helpful with everyone moving their lines,” Austin said.
Junior Greg Schiffelbein also enjoys Eberhart as the assistant coach.
“He always motivated me before matches,” Schiffelbein said.
Eberhart’s feelings toward the team are mutual.
“My favorite part about being the assistant coach at Baldwin High is pretty much everything,” Eberhart said. “I have never been a part of a group or team that has been so close with each other. This doesn’t just include the wrestlers. This includes the other coaches, parents, fans and the faculty and staff at Baldwin High. Kit does an outstanding job. I’ve never seen a coach so involved with a program. Since day one at Baldwin, I have been accepted as one of your own and I am truly grateful for that.”
Previous BHS assistant wrestling coaches to win this honor are Bobby Bovaird, Jarrod Steffens and Kip Clark.
In another honor from the KWCA, senior Josh Hanson, who placed third at state, was named First Team Academic All-State. Hanson has to maintain a 3.9 GPA, in addition to being one of the team’s top wrestlers.
“It’s nice to be recognized for all of my hard work,” Hanson said.
Coach Kit Harris agreed it is quite an honor.
“It is a credit to his hard work both in the classroom and on the mat,” he said. “He has been a great role model for our younger wrestlers to follow.”
Hanson is the 16th Bulldog wrestler to earn this honor.