Bob Siddens Interview at Iowa Wrestling Camp

Bob Siddens Interview at Iowa Wrestling Camp


Bob Siddens Interview at Iowa Wrestling camp. coach Dan Gable and many other great
wrestlers and I thought I’d tap his brain for some great advice coach what’s
uh what’s some of the secrets of your successful programs that you had?
>>Well I
imagine probably the most important secret success of the whole thing of the
success was I was just fortunate and just lucky to have some fine young men
that that I was associated with. You know there are times now when I run into a
lot of them coaching as long as I have and I always will introduce them to
other people as my champion and they look at me and say hey coach said I
wasn’t a champion I said hey everybody I had was a champion so I always kind of
looked at it that way so getting back to the question you ask
just it’s kind of nice if you have some good talent y-you can develop and do a
pretty good coach.
>>Well okay, it’s a very modest answer coach. Did you have
volunteers that helped out your program?>>You know it was interesting I didn’t
have. I had just one assistant and when I first started coaching I didn’t have an
assistant at all and then one time I would assign my the junior varsity were
wrestling I would assign my the captain a couple of the guys as captains and
then I would go ahead and when I had to about halfway through the junior varsity
meet I would go in and get my varsity ready and one time a young lad got hurt
and so the principal came in to me on Monday morning is it you know I guess
we’re gonna have he got worried about the legal aspects of thing then it
wasn’t quite like it is now but he was concerned about it so I started out but
answering a question no I we didn’t have I think my volunteers that I would have
and that even changed because the Association changed the rule where you
couldn’t bring people into your wrestling room
unless they were volunteer coaches but a week on Christmas holidays I thought it
was just great. One year Petersons, John and Ben, were there Gable was there I
think at the time that must have been probably 12 or 13 national champions and
a 2 or 3 gold medal winners. That’s always nice and and I always had a sign
on my room they got and I was talking about with
the Gables and the Petersons and all some of the greatest wrestlers of all
time have walked through this door so said you were going to be walking
through this door you better be prepared to work hard with your association with
those people something like that that’s how it was there
>>Okay did you have anyone who was in charge of a press or fundraisers?
>>No
at that time they it’s gotten into you know we didn’t think so much of that.
parents I had good rapport with the parents we didn’t
that wasn’t in the picture like it had I would say nowadays the wrestling room
publicity the promotion is much much greater one we just had a wrestling room
and everybody has that when I was coaching we didn’t have to uniform we
didn’t get new uniforms I even had some of my parents were somewhat upset
because my old tights – then they went on to something besides times much of
that one time somebody got into a promotional thing and the kids dressed
up every time we go to meet why they wear tie and a jacket but other than
that at that time it just doesn’t like it had
his today where they all the promotional well I always told my young men that you
don’t have to be a gold medal to be a champion you do the best you possibly
can with a lot of class and dignity now you’re the only one that knows that you
have done the best you can don’t were actually don’t excuse what
you’re doing the best you can I used to tell my young lads this too I
said you know I want you to win with humility I want you to lose with dignity
but don’t lose and I very much stress don’t lose that type of concept but
those are the things that I preach to these young men constantly I have a
tendency to repeat repeat repeat and I repeat live and I even say to him who
told that to Tom brand the other day and he kind of liked it but I said I used to
tell my young lads you probably look at me and say hey coach that coach is crazy
keeps repeating and repeating but I repeat and repeat because I want to get
it so embedded in that gray matter of yours that brain of yours that I don’t
care what you’re doing I don’t care whether you’re walking in
the woods with your girl well what you’re doing with your
girlfriend you have heard and know what I am said and then so embedded in there
but you’re thinking that you’re not thinking holding hands or whatever those
type of things you know a little the thing that I think is lacking in our
society right now and I mentioned patience and all but I’d say I don’t
think we as teachers or coaches or adults I don’t think we’re teaching
responsibility I don’t think we’re teaching appreciation I don’t think we
are teaching respect so I think the three things that come to my mind is
that so important as I or you or everybody as an intimate
teach young people responsibility they should teach people to appreciate them
appreciate what they have one did I think it all works together and respect
I don’t think young people now I’m not saying all you
but man but it’s tough in our society very tough for my side you because of
the many changes and the legal aspect one thing or another and suffering and I feel bad sometimes when they
you know they come to me and they say my children even said dad that’s not fair
you know they some of young lad or some young lass see they work hard they’re
doing their best but everything everything doesn’t
and I look at when I say we said life is fair gotta be ready you
got to be prepared but I say look at it this way you do the best you possibly can and it’s a great world of you don’t weaken
I’ve told that to many of my kids it’s a great work with you know
I used to tell my young lads used to tell my young lads the last thing I
would tell them we would go out when we were a group and we’d go out in a duel
they weren’t the tournament’s or anything I’d say now remember gentlemen
in other words when you’re in that neutral position if you don’t get a
takedown you don’t get taken out if you’re underneath there’s not a man
alive again they could control you and if you’re on top there’s not a man alive
that you cannot control that was the thing what they’d go out
those are three things that I always stress to them and I have some kids that
should never have been state champion but they went on that idea they weren’t
very good on their feet what they did to take back and they were able to escape
someone and they were over control of that so the match may have been won not

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