Coaches’ Corner - 12/01/16

Meet LHS wrestling head coach Ted Hill, comedian and Rocky Balboa connoisseur
By: 
GARRETT HARR
Outlook staff writer

The Laurel Outlook recently spoke to Laurel High School head wrestling coach Ted Hill about his students, his coaching beliefs and the Rocky IV: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and the impact it has had on the young developing minds of LHS wrestlers.
Hill was born in Missoula, He has coached wrestling at LHS for the last 11 years, this will be his 12th. Mr. Hill started as a freshman coach at Missoula Sentinel. He spent two years as volunteer assistant coach at South High in Bakersfield Calif., and five years as head coach at Garden Valley in Idaho.
1. What is your philosophy on coaching young student/athletes? “Try to get student/athletes to buy into getting better every day. The winning or losing or success that may be achieved will take care of itself as long as they keep trying to get better. I am a firm believer that consistent hard work pays off. We are all born with certain natural abilities and it is the student/athletes duty to put the best version of themselves out on the mat.”
2. What is your guilty pleasure? “Hunting is my guilty pleasure. It is when I can truly lose myself in what I am doing and I put all other obligations, stressors and duties on the back burner.”
3. What do you think scares your student/athletes the most in life? “Letting their parents or peers down. Not living up to other’s expectations.”
4. What are you most scared of? “Not a big fan of grizzly bears. However, the thing that scares me the most would probably would involve anything bad happening to my wife or children.”
5. What or who got you into coaching? “My love for the sport got me into coaching. After I was done competing it was a way for me to continue in the sport. I was also blessed with many positive coaches growing up that I wanted to emulate. I really enjoy watching kids improve their skills and push themselves to succeed.”
6. Why did you choose this sport specifically? Did you play growing up? “I started wrestling in second grade. I initially got into it because I loved watching professional wrestling on TV and I wanted to learn how to “power slam” people, also my parents encouraged me to do so. As I developed more skills and had more success I began to acquire a sense-of-self from the sport, it was something that I was good at.”
7. What professional athlete do you tell your athletes to look to as a positive ambassador for your sport? “Definitely Brock Lesnar. All kidding aside there are a couple of current college wrestlers that are just coming back from the Olympics with medals, with J’den Cox winning a bronze and Kyle Snyder wining gold. Jordan Burroughs has been a big name and a positive ambassador for wrestling for the past five or six years.”
8. What quote do you live by? “I walk slowly, but I never walk backwards.”
9. How do you deal with the many different personalities on your team? “I try to use humor; it is one thing that unites everyone. I also try to be as upbeat and positive as possible.”
10. Why did you choose to coach in Laurel? “Initially my wife and I were moving to get closer to family and get back to Montana. It is a great place to raise a family.”
11. What are your hopes and aspirations for this season? “That my athletes learn from their mistakes and improve. That their best wrestling takes place at the state tournament. They put the best version of themselves on the mat every match.”
12. What is on your bookshelf? “Antlers or family pictures. I am too cheap to buy books, but I love going to the library and checking them out. I read about 25 books a year. I love fiction. I am a sucker for a good thriller.”
13. What song do you use to inspire and/or motivate your athletes? “Anything from the Rocky IV soundtrack.”
14. What is the best advice you have ever been given? “Look for the good in people.”
15. What is the last movie you saw? “In a movie theater it would be ‘Minions’.”
16. What is one thing people would be shocked to know about you? “I once placed second in a calf riding competition. The kid that beat me only rode with one hand. I rode with two. I rode my calf longer.”
17. Who was your role model or a person you looked up to when you were growing up? “I think every wrestling coach I had growing up from grade school through college was a role model.”
18. Who were the most popular bands when you were in high school? “In my world there weren’t any. I listened to Hank Williams Jr., Dwight Yoakam and Garth Brooks. If you turned on the radio it was probably Bon Jovi or Van Halen.”
19. What are your team’s strengths this season? “Generally speaking, I would say for the most part the team has a pretty good grasp on the basic techniques of the sport. We have a good balance of older wrestlers to provide leadership and a lot of younger ​wrestlers with tons of potential.”
20. What is the favorite part of your job? “Getting to know and grow relationships with athletes. I really like teaching and sharing the things that I have learned about, and from the sport.”

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