DANVILLE — They’re building a program from the ground up. And they’re hitting the ground running.
Danville High School will participate in varsity wrestling in 2011 for the first time in school history. The school district hired Keith Kaufmann, formerly East Knox’s wrestling coach, to get the job done.
This past weekend, the school hosted a two-day open wrestling camp featuring some of the best instructors available. All students from kindergarten to high school were welcome — even students from outside of Danville schools — to train and learn from the best. And the kids responded, with nearly 30 taking part in at least one of the two six-hour sessions.
“There has been a lot of interest,” said Kaufmann. “The kids that are here want to learn. They want to be competitive. And when you have those qualities working for you, it’s all positive.”
Kaufmann believes the building blocks for a solid team are already in place. So, to develop that talent, he brought in instructors who are familiar with winning at the highest level.
One of the instructors was Steve Goudy, who took Troy Christian High School to three straight Division III state wrestling championships before stepping down in 2010.