Vestavia alum takes over the legendary wrestling program



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Vestavia wrestling

I was on the very first wrestling team at VHHS, in 1970. Tommy Ward was our coach, and he learned the sport along with us. Good to see such a strong tradition continuing!

Warren McEuen, class of '73 more than 3 years ago

Coach Adams

I was on Coach Adams first team at liberty park middle. I genuinely loved and was blessed by Coach Adams. He taught me to love the sport. I was the closest to him in size and was often the "example dummy" for showing us how to use different techniques. He was a big brother to those like me who needed someone to "beat up" on them, and a father-figure to those who needed one. All the way through my time as an athlete, Coach Adams is the coach I credit with helping me grow the most. I would look like a completely different person if it weren't for Coach Adams.

One day Coach was talking to a few guys on the team at a tournament, he said,"there are a few good wrestlers on this team, but there's only one of you that's a freak." I looked at him and silently pointed at myself with a raised eyebrow and he looked back at me and shook his head no so violently it almost made me cross-eyed. It was in that brotherly moment that I figured If I wasn't a freak because of my ability I would be one because of my work ethic. That was the moment I accepted Coach as my Big brother. When my family ask me about people that shaped me they say,"Besides Coach Adams..." before they ask the question.

Love you Coach

John-David Kirkland more than 3 years ago