We are excited to welcome Garret Garness to J Robinson Camps as the new Director of Wrestling Operations. After a standout career at wrestling powerhouse Kasson-Mantorville High School in Kasson, Minnesota, where he was a State Champion, 3-time State Finalist, and owner of a 221-32 overall record, Garret went on to wrestle at the University of Ohio. He graduated in 2014 with a degree in Sport Management, going on to work with the Minnesota Timberwolves for a year before coming to J Robinson Camps. We're happy to have him on board, and we can't wait to get next summer started so Garret can bring his passion for wrestling and teaching to our camps.
We asked Garret to answer a few questions to help you get to know him and learn why his teaching philosophy aligns so well with the mission of J Robinson Camps.
Q: What made you want to come work for J Robinson Camps?
A: My main motivation to come work for J Robinson Camps was to directly impact athletes’ lives in a positive manner. Personally, wrestling has taught me so much about life that I feel the need to give back to the sport. Specifically, I chose J Robinson Camps for the principles that are taught throughout the camps. Yes, the camps will undoubtedly make the athletes better wrestlers. However, the values learned at camp will also make the athletes better in all aspects of life. Choosing to work for J Robinson Camps was an easy decision based on these qualities.
Q: What is your teaching philosophy in wrestling, and how will that benefit JROB campers?
A: My teaching philosophy in wrestling is to motivate athletes to push their mind and body to new limits. Once you push past your doubts, you can achieve extraordinary results. In order to motivate the athletes, it is necessary for athletes to have a clear definition of their goals. Summer campers will benefit from a constant reminder of their goals, and what they need to do to reach those goals.
Q: Where did your passion for wrestling come from?
A: My passion for wrestling, in general, comes from the concept that anybody can be a great wrestler. Wrestling is a very unique sport. You – and only you – are responsible for the outcome of each and every match. You cannot rely on someone else to pick up your slack when times get tough. Practices and training take an extreme toll on the body and mind, but it is essential to grind through these times in order to succeed on the mat. Therefore, I truly believe that anyone with a true desire to work hard and be great can thrive in this sport.