A chat with Buckaroo Head Coach Kent Adair
The San Juan Record recently communicated with Monticello Head Coach Kent Adair via email about his coaching career and the outlook for the team as the season gets underway.
Adair is entering his 46th season coaching Buckaroo wrestling, as assistant and head coach combined. This season he will be helped by assistant coaches Krieg Adair, TJ Adair, JJ Squires, and Brian Robinson.
Here are Adair’s responses to our questions:
San Juan Record: What is your coaching philosophy and approach to coaching the team this season?
Kent Adair: Having great conditioning and wrestling aggressively the entire match. Improve every week. Do your best on the mat. Make your weaknesses your strengths.
SJR: It’s obviously still very early, but tell me about your team this season.
KA: We are few in numbers but we have some real quality wrestlers.
SJR: What are your initial thoughts and feelings on the season?
KA: We are excited to be back on the mat. We should be able to have some state champions in February.
SJR: Talk about the wrestlers who are returning this season.
KA: We have two returning state champions, Javlin Robison and Treydon Harris, and we have a state runner-up in Zac Thayn. Thomas Fullmer and Josh Wheeler also placed last year at the state tournament.
We expect great things from all our returning placers. Tyson Wheeler, Chandler Henderson, Tavon Black, Camron Carpenter, and Jarum Robison all gained valuable experience at the State Tournament and we look for them to make great gains this year.
SJR: What new wrestlers are stepping up?
KA: We have three incoming freshmen, Gideon Dilts, Ronnie Harris, and Landon Shumway, who show a lot of promise this year.
SJR: What do you think your strength(s) will be this season?
KA: We have a good nucleus of returning state placers that should help pave the way for the rest of the team and help set the tone for the year in practice and at meets.
SJR: What things do you think you’ll have to work on the most?
KA: Having confidence in yourself and working hard enough to be successful for the entire six minutes of the match. We are excited to be wrestling again and we want to thank our fans for all their support every year.