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Don’t take our word for it, hear from athletes and parents of athletes that have been under our tutelage for years. The athlete feels the difference in their wrestling and personal lives and the parent observes the transformation. We truly mean it when we say it’s more important to us to train good people than great wrestlers, but we practice what we preach with an abundance mindset and know both will be obtained.
Nick has been a huge role model for me since I started wrestling in middle school. I was never the most athletic or talented, but Nick was willing to put in countless hours coaching me in the off season and after practice. During this extra time spent on the mat, Nick taught me high-level skills and instilled confidence in me that eventually led to my success. Nick taught me numerous life skills off the mat as well such as respect, hard work, and perseverance. The skills and confidence Nick instilled in me are still helping me to this day in my life after wrestling.
Nick Ziegler was one of the key people that were instrumental in coaching and guiding my son John to a very successful high school wrestling career. With Nick’s help, John’s achievements earned him many awards while becoming one of the best in the state in his weight class. Beyond the accomplishments though, Nick’s strong belief in my son and his constant encouragement were most impressive to me as a parent.
I am grateful that my son John had the privilege to be coached by Nick Ziegler. Nick not only cared about him as a wrestler, but he cared about him as a person, and still does to this day.
Words cannot express how thankful we are that our son was fortunate enough to find Nick Ziegler as a wrestling coach and mentor! Nick truly cares for the kids he works with and isn’t afraid to put in the hard work and dedication to help them realize their goals. Nick has helped to instill strong work ethic and mental toughness both on and off the wrestling mat. Finding a mentor that truly understands how important it is to succeed not only in the sport of wrestling, but in education and selflessness has truly helped our son to become the best version of himself…Nick truly leads by example! I can honestly say that I have never met a coach that has made themselves so available to not only the kids but to the parents and who has gone so far above and beyond in, even dropping whatever may be going on in his life to be there when our son has needed him. It is without a doubt in my mind that our son wouldn’t be quite the young man and wrestler he is, had we not been so lucky to have found such a wonderful coach and mentor.
Cody always held me to a higher standard than everyone else in the room. If I wasn’t running hard during sprints, then I would be the first to get called out. This is what made Cody different from every other coach I had ever had, he was never afraid to tell me something that I didn’t want to hear. When I was unable to achieve my goal senior year he said something I won’t soon forget. He told me that, “It was never about winning some stupid tournament, it was about making you a better person, a better student, a better son, a better grandson, and a better friend.”
Nick took an interest in me way back when I was a scrawny freshman at Lodi. I remember being a featherweight in the 103-pound weight class, almost ten full pounds under the weight limit and just finding ways to survive and stay off my back in the tournaments and dual meets that year. But Nick saw my desire to get better and my love for the sport right away and worked with it. Over the next three years Nick and I spent time in and out of season drilling technique, doing extra strength and conditioning workouts, setting goals, and most importantly working on my mentality as an athlete to become a better wrestler all-around.
Through the workouts and conversations with Nick I went from struggling to keep a winning record to being a true contender on the mat. I found the work I put in brought me from competing in the consolation brackets to winning tournaments, and competing with the best in the state just a year after a buzz-saw of a freshman season, and to eventually earn a spot on the podium at the individual state tournament my junior year.
Nick showed me how to capitalize on my natural strengths as a wrestler, and worked with me one-on-one to iron out my weaknesses. He knew how to get me to push myself beyond what I thought I could do, and how to take incremental steps toward realizing goals that seemed far-and-away in those earlier seasons wrestling for Lodi.
Beyond the wrestling, Nick was an example for me in how to carry myself and how to put myself toward going out and meeting challenges at an important time in my life. He treated me like an adult, and never expected any less or more than my best effort. I’m grateful for that. And I think when the mats were rolled up that’s one of the lessons that has stuck with me.
Once I started my senior year, Cody took on the assistant coach role of the wrestling team. I was ecstatic, Cody worked with all of the wrestlers, but spent most of his time with the bigger guys and helped us get better and achieve our goals. He pushed me to places that I never thought I could go to mentally or physically. He motivated me to be the best that I could be and that pushed me to do just that. Whenever I was around Cody he was always positive and helped me through problems that I didn’t have an answer for. Cody Endres has had a huge impact on my life and is one of the greatest people I know. I am happy to say that I know him and that he was a part of my high school athletic career.
Cody has been a teacher and/or coach to all three of my sons at the elementary, middle school, and high school level. He has pushed them to become the best athletes they can be, but even more, he has pushed them to be the best people they can be. He goes beyond his coaching requirements to assist them in achieving their goals. He has a natural ability to inspire and teach kids and form meaningful relationships with them. My sons have endless respect and admiration for Cody. My youngest always wants to find him at any sporting event we are at just so he can say “hi”.
It’s rare these days to find a coach who is not single-mindedly focused on winning games, but also invested in teaching kids the fundamentals of the sport and how to be a respectful, responsible, contributing member of a community. Cody teaches all of those things to his players and students. He understands that sports offer so many opportunities to teach lifelong skills, not just opportunities to put checkmarks in the win column. He is and will continue to be an excellent addition to any sporting program for any age. Players who participate in his programs will be all the better for having had him as a coach.
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