Coaches Corner #8 - Jeff Breese:  Head Coach at Lake Erie College


Jeff Breese:  Head Coach at Lake Erie College

He began his career in the coaching field in 2006 at Seton Hill University where he spent two years assisting in starting up the university's wrestling program.  He then became the first head coach at Penn State New Kensington in 2009 before moving to Division I Northern Illinois University as an assistant coach in 2010.

Throughout his coaching career, he has coached 22 NCAA Qualifiers, including one national champion, and three All-Americans.  He's also had a hand in four top-30 national recruiting classes, including one ranked in the top-5.

A 2006 graduate of North Carolina State University, Breese was a three-year starter for the Wolfpack and a member of their 2004 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) championship Wrestling team.

Has taken many of his coaching philosophies from Pat Popalizio, Obe Blanc, Frank Beazley. 

Focuses on Position Rather Than Holds: 

  • FloWrestling and Sparring is important and key
  • Less Block Drilling/More Sparring 
    • Giving Freedom when in those different positions
    • Constantly working to improve rather than stalemate
  • Sequence out end of match sprint
    • Take a single leg to get re-action you want. 
  • 60 Percent Drill
    • Any more effort than 60% you need to pull pack and change positions.
  • Single Leg focus on 5 positions/Sequences
    • Single Leg
      • Seatbelt
      • Split Crotch…
  • Never Stuck in QuickSand Philosophy of Mark Manning and Bryan Snyder
    • Don’t continue to struggle in deep sand, improve position. 
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