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Old 11-01-2018
Coach Shannyn Coach Shannyn is offline
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Call for Action

IL Varsity Coaches, #ilhsgirlswrestling

It is time for us all to come together and help develop, grow, & promote girls wrestling!

This call to action is asking you to join the IL Girls Wrestling Coach Alliance email list so that we can make IL the best State in the Union for Girls Wrestling.

  • First female wrestling World Championships 1987
  • First USA Jr. National Wrestling for girls 2002
  • First full-time National Team Coach for female Wrestling 2003, Terry Steiner
  • First Olympic Games for female wrestling 2004
  • First full-time U.S. Olympic Education Center coach for female Wrestling 2004, Shannyn Gillespie
  • First IL wrestler to make Sr. World Team 2005, Mary Kelly
  • First IL wrestler to make Sr. World Championships Gold Medal match 2016, Alli Ragan
  • First IL wrestler to make Olympic Games team 2016, Haley Augello
  • First IL wrestling girls coaches alliance 2018
  • First IL or IHSA state championships for girls???
Now is the time!

We are the people!!

Last summer, we organized a coaches group to promote girls wrestling in IL and now the list is up to 80 varsity coaches.

We need your support!!!

The IL Girls Wrestling Coaches Alliance submitted a proposal to the boys wrestling bylaws to add girls freestyle wrestling in the winter.

Challenges with above proposal: combining seasons makes it difficult for most schools to focus on girls wrestling due to limited resources.

Argument for winter season: smaller schools suggest most girls are already participating in the fall or spring season and it will be hard to get them out for wrestling in those seasons (fall/spring)

The IHSA is having a Town Hall meeting Thursday, November 15 to discuss this matter and the IHSA has asked high schools who have submitted proposals to the boys wrestling bylaws to attend and submit a video supporting respective proposals.

All are welcome to attend this Town Hall meeting.

For more info on last 2 paragraphs, please contact your Athletic Directors and Principals.

The IL Girls Wrestling Coaches Alliance has also been active in gathering data which can be found at this link:

If you would like to join this list, and are a varsity coach for wrestling in IL, please reply to this email with your name, high school, & email address.

I will send out a competition schedule for girls via my Homewood-Flossmoor H.S. email account.


Shannyn J. Gillespie

Last edited by Coach Shannyn; 11-01-2018 at 07:35 PM.
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