What are the major functions and benefits of the IWCOA?
- The IWCOA membership includes membership in the Illinois Coaches Association. This membership includes a $1,000,000 liability insurance policy among other benefits including available insurance coverage for open tournament and camps.
- The IWCOA and the IHSA have worked together and established Official’s Technique Classes and the implementation of a progressive and positive Official’s Mentoring Program for the evaluation and promotion of wrestling officials.
- The IWCOA has established a working relationship with the IHSA which has led directly to the creation of Grand Marshalls (which are selected by the Hall of Fame Selection Committee).
- The IWCOA directs the annual Freshman-Sophomore & Girls State Tournament Series.
- The IWCOA directs the annual Illinois / Indiana Classic Duals which showcases our best graduating seniors versus Indiana’s.
- The IWCOA is responsible for the creation, organization and presentation of the All-State Banquet/Convention which honors our All-State Wrestlers and Coaches, as well as offers a clinic and college information session.
- At this banquet we recognize our most accomplished athletes, coaches, officials, administrators, and special friends of Illinois wrestling. Awards include:
- Wrestler of the Year & Scholastic Wrestler of the Year for each class
- Academic All-State Honors
- Head and Assistant Coaches of the Year for each class
- Official of the Year
- Administrator of the Year for each class
- Gold, Silver and Bronze Level Awards for Special Recognition
- Ken Gerdes Memorial Scholarship Recipients
- All-State Wrestlers in attendance are recognized with a certificate and T-Shirt
- Newsman of the Year
- The IWCOA is also responsible for the creation, organization and presentation of the Hall of Fame Banquet which honors Hall of Fame Inductees, Lifetime Service Awards, and Grand Marshals. This banquet is held separate from the Spring Convention & Awards Presentation (formerly All-State Banquet).
- Over the past 10 years, class sizes have ranged from 12 to 22 with an average of 16.
- Wrestlers, Coaches, Officials, and Contributors must be nominated by an IWCOA member.
- The Hall of Fame Selection Committee is a panel consisting of Hall of Fame Members.
- A voting quorum procedure is followed in the selection of Hall of Fame Inductees.
- The IWCOA organizes and directs the Midwest Nationals Wrestling Tournament held at Wesleyan University in Bloomington.
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