New UCF Head Coach Has Active Freestyle/Greco Summer
After over a decade of success under the direction of Coach Johnny Rouse and Jason Balma, UCF will continue their success and winning tradition under the direction of new Head Coach JD Robbins. Coach Robbins has a long history of success in both California and Florida with Folkstyle, Freestyle, and Greco styles of wrestling. Robbins founded one of the most successful Freestyle/ Greco clubs in the country, the Junior Elite Training System (JETS). The California and Florida JETS has produced numerous senior national champions and world level wrestlers. Robbins has coached the national team in both California and Florida and has been named Coach of the Year for his success with USA Wrestling and high school state championships at Oviedo High School.
Robbins brings a wealth of wrestling knowledge to the UCF wrestling team as well as a plan help the program continue to grow. In his first year with UCF as an assistant coach, Robbins helped the team win a conference title and place 6th at the NCWA National Tournament, including three All-Americans and National Champion Santiago Martinez. Robbins has also begun training the UCF collegiate wrestlers within his JETS program at USA Wrestling Southeast Training Center near UCF. While UCF primarily competes in the collegiate style of NCAA wrestling, Robbins is preparing the team for more training and competition during what is traditionally the off-season. “The best college wrestling programs in the United States are training and competing Freestyle and Greco at national and world level events; it’s how their athletes are moving to the next level,” said Robbins. His efforts have already begun to pay dividends as Martinez placed at US Open in Las Vegas earlier this summer.
In his first summer as head coach, Robbins has traveled the country and world with his JETS program. Robbins started the summer at the Olympic Training Center (OTC) in Colorado Springs, CO preparing for the University World Championships. Next Robbins traveled to Last Vegas, NV and Stillwater, OK for the US Open and University Nationals. Next, Robbins traveled to Kazan, Russia for the University World Championships. From there, Robbins traveled to Athens, Greece to attend a Senior International Olympic event; an event hosted in Ancient Olympia on the sacred grounds where wrestling first began in 776 BC. This event was a promotion of the campaign “Save Olympic Wrestling” since the threat to remove wrestling from the 2020 Olympic Games. After only two days home in Orlando, Robbins hit the road again for another training camp at the Olympic Training Center for the upcoming FILA Junior World Championships which will be held in Bulgaria later this summer.
Coach Robbins has demonstrated himself as a leader in the sport of wrestling at all styles and levels and UCF is privileged to have Coach Robbins at the helm of the program along with Johnny Rouse and Jason Balma who will continue their involvement as assistant coaches along with David Sentner and CJ Cook. With the start of the fall semester just around the corner, there is no doubt that UCF is preparing to win a 2014 NCWA National Championship title, a title earned by the program in 2004, 2005, and 2010.