Virginia Wrestling Association (VAWA), Virginia’s State Chapter of USA Wrestling, announced today that Executive Director Nathan Coburn has resigned for personal reasons, effective as of August 31st. He will continue to work alongside the Executive Committee to properly execute the efforts of VAWA in the interim as we head into the 2017 fiscal year.
Bill Swink State Chairman for VAWA had this statement “the Executive Committee and myself would like to thank Nathan for his hard work and commitment to the Virginia Wrestling Association over the past year. He continued to help move our organization forward working diligently with our national team programs, the promotion and growing of our events, and doing the day-to-day task required for the operation of VAWA. He leaves the organization in a good position as we look for a replacement.”
Mr. Coburn said, “I am forever grateful for the opportunities VAWA has presented me. While serving as Executive Director, I’ve formed lifelong relationships with many coaches, officials, wrestlers, and families alike. I plan to stay involved with Virginia wrestling but personal reasons necessitate that I take a backseat role within the organization.”
VP of Finance Steve Crocker said “Nathan has done great work for VAWA this past year traveling across the state, promoting VAWA, assisting at local and state level tournaments and being a fine Ambassador for the sport of wrestling in Virginia. His enthusiasm for wrestling will be missed. However, with a veteran State Chairman and a supporting cast which includes 3 former state chairmen, VAWA is in good hands as the board works to replace Nathan.”
In his tenure as Executive Director, Mr. Coburn was able to help facilitate more than 25 events and teams at the local, state, regional, and national scale. His efforts helped ensure the growth of the sport of wrestling while enabling youth of all ages every opportunity to learn and compete no matter their skill level.
“Wrestling will always be my greatest passion in life and I plan to continue to give back to the community that has molded me into the man that I am today, said Coburn. “The greatest privilege while on the job has been working with the many amazing individuals that make up our state association. I can’t thank the board enough for allowing me the great opportunity to be a part of Virginia Wrestling Association and am beyond excited to see what the future has in store for wrestling in our great state. This is not a goodbye, it’s a see you across the mat somewhere real soon.”
VAWA the Virginia Wrestling Association is a volunteer, non-profit organization, guided by USA Wrestling, striving to create an environment that encourages athletes, coaches and officials alike to show leadership, sportsmanship, hard work, perseverance and continuing education while training for success at any level. We are dedicated to the promotion of amateur wrestling, the world’s oldest sport.