32 years ago I was taught about the power of belief, family and hard work from a man who I will always call coach.
My high school wrestling coach, Dan Nolan.
He taught me that a team can be transformed from perennial non winners to County Champions in just four years, if they were willing to believe before it happened, work together as a family and work for a real long time, and to keep working and keep believing and keep being a family when it seemed like no strides were being made.
Invaluable lessons for life.
Recently I sent Coach Nolan a copy of “6 Minutes Wrestling With Life” and “Again” and I let him know that he was the one who taught me to believe and to fight, and that I was so very thankful for what he taught me, that it has made a world of difference in my life.
In the mail today I received a hand written note from coach that read:
“John A, I want you to have this County Championship plaque, I have had it long enough. Do me a favor and put it in Jessies room so every time you enter, you BELIEVE more and more.”
Always be the first one to the center of the mat,