GREENBRIER COUNTY, WV (WVNS) — At the 2021 WVSSAC State wrestling tournament, the Greenbrier West high school wrestling program brought home a piece of unexpected hardware.
Head Coach Jeremy Tincher won the National Federation of High School Coaches wrestling coach of the year award in West Virginia.
This is Tincher’s second time winning the award, the first coming in 2013 when the program one its first AA title.
He said this time around it is even more special, considering how different the past season was and the talented coaches in the region and the state.
“You know how many guys work hard and to a great job, to be considered in that company is pretty humbling actually,” said Tincher.
Tincher said while he appreciated the recognition, he did not do it for the hardware,
He said he did it for the greatest kids in the world at Greenbrier West but he could not do so alone.
“It’s not just about me. It takes a whole community to have a great wrestling program and we have that here,” said Tincher.
Tincher was not alone. Noah Brown, the Cavaliers lone senior, won his second state title in just as many years. His first time in the 220 heavywieght class, he said he knew he would have to win on his own terms.
“I knew I was up by a point. I was really nervous, being up a point with a decent kid you never know if he gonna take you down and win the match and I just wanted to control the pace,” said Brown.
“That’s vintage Buddha, that’s just how he does it I couldn’t have been happier,” said Tincher.
Brown, or Buddha as Tincher and his family calls him, said he could not ask for a better role model. He said Tincher played a big part in who he is as a wrestler and a man.
“Not a lot of coaches do that, and I have had the luxury of coming up this program and getting some really good coaches and he definitely deserves the recognition he got,” said Brown.