Mingus Union’s “new” head wrestling coach is a familiar one.
This summer Klint McKean took over as the Marauders’ leader, switching roles with 2016-17 head coach Kirk Waddle. McKean had been the Mingus Union head coach for two years and last year lead the elementary and middle school wrestling program and was a high school varsity assistant.
McKean said he’s feeling a lot of excitement.
“I feel like I’m getting back into it but I never really got out of it because I’ve been coaching since I stepped down as the head coach in 2012 but I feel like it’s an opportunity to grow as a coach and do new things,” McKean said. “I know all of the wrestlers, I’ve been around but for me it’s a kinda old and new at the same time.”
McKean originally planned to return to the head coaching job in 2018 when his son Isaac started high school but decided to become head coach a year early. He met with Waddle during the last week of school to ask him.
“I thought about it for a second and said ‘sure, let’s just flip flop,’” Waddle said.
McKean came to help coach high school on Mondays and on holidays last year and set a practice curriculum for the high schoolers. Then he came in full time the last three weeks of the season and traveled with the team to sectionals and state.
“After sectionals I knew he was hooked again because sitting on the edge of the mat gets you going and it was fun watching him,” Waddle said. “Then at state I could tell he’s hooked and so it didn’t surprise me, it was actually a little bit of a relief for me, I was worried about keeping up with it.”
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