The United States Sports Academy and the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) have signed an agreement to provide continuing education credits (CEUs) to coaches who take the NWCA courses and attend clinics.

The NWCA, established in 1928, was designed to serve and provide leadership for the advancement of all levels of the sport, with emphasis on scholastic and collegiate programs. According to the NWCA’s website, wrestling ranks sixth among all boys’ sports in terms of participation, with more than 250,000 competitors. Wrestling participation has increased by about 30,000 athletes since the 2002-03 season.

Wrestling has long been considered a “blue-collar” sport that attracts student-athletes from diverse socio-economic backgrounds while also providing opportunities for blind and physically handicapped athletes.

Female wrestling programs have increased in popularity during recent years, pushing the combined total of male and female wrestling programs over 10,000.

The NWCA is headed by Executive Director Mike Moyer.