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About Coach Tim "Rico" Gilbert

 

 NHSCA National Wrestling Championships

NHSCA National Wrestling Championships

GHSA 4A State Championships

NHSCA NATIONAL

GHSA 4A State Championships

GHSA 4A State Championships

2014 State Duals Championships Macon, Ga.

2014 State Duals Championships Macon, Ga.

I started wrestling in the fall of 1976 at Wando High School, St. Pleasant, South Carolina in the county of Charleston, South Carolina. My mom would not give me permission to play football for her being afraid of me getting hurt. I played basketball in middle school & was going out for the JV basketball team when one of my older brothers, Randy, pulled me aside & told me I should try out for the high school’s wrestling team because of how I had handled confrontations with some of the neighborhood bullies. I was usually defending the weaker or smaller childhood friend by grappling the bully to the ground, restraining without hurting him until he gave up. I said to Randy, “I’m not letting anyone jump off a rope on me.” He started laughing saying there is neither ring nor ropes, they wrestle on mats. I thought about it, started laughing but it made sense to me. I probably had a better chance to start as a freshman in a sport that gave me an opportunity to win my position or weight class without a coach deciding who starts. It was settled with wrestle offs between the wrestlers. I didn’t know anything about this high school sport, but as a 96 pound freshman I liked my chances & accepted the challenge to try a new sport. I won the 98 lbs weight class freshman year, placed 4th as a 119 lbs junior, undefeated 126 lbs senior year becoming Wando’s 1st state champ in 1980 & 1st to receive college wrestling scholarship offers. Thanks to my brother & convincing my mom to let me wrestle in 1976 here I am passing on this knowledge to others, giving back to the sport by helping young athletes build character, their bodies & minds, discipline & respect of parents, coaches, adults, peers & themselves. “Thank you Randy”.


I wrestled at South Carolina State University Division 1 on a full scholarship and I wrestled in Scotland and England for my command in the U.S. Navy, and was undefeated in 2 years of competing.

 

After the Navy I accepted a job in the Camden County area on the sub base in 1989 and coached the CCHS wrestling team for the ’89-’90 season. I got one wrestler, a junior, to the state finals in my 1st attempt at coaching. He won the 125 lbs finals but didn’t get his hands raised, that’s another story.

 

The following year I decided to try officiating hoping I could make a difference by not being a factor in who wins. I started my officiating career in Jacksonville, FL with NFWOA in 1990 and I started my association, SEGWOA, in Kingsland, GA in 1997, officiating in both states while still training wrestlers in Southeast Georgia and North Florida. I am the founder & President of SEGWOA, as well as being on the GHSA wrestling advisory board (1 of 2 officials).

 

I have been on a mission to help South Georgia wrestling grow since 1989 & now here I am in Blackshear, GA trying to start our 1st wrestling club, S. GA Wrestling Club, through AAU and the Pierce County Rec Department. It won’t happen without your support, thanks.

 

Tim Gilbert, “Coach Rico” 912-322-3185

 

South Georgia Wrestling Club
Pierce Co. Blackshear, GA

 

NHSCA Jr/Sr National Wrestling Championships

NHSCA Jr/Sr National Wrestling Championships

South Georgia Wrestling Club is designed to build character, as well as the bodies & minds of our youth & student athletes. Under the instructions of Tim Gilbert (Coach Rico), with over 37 years of experience competing, (HS state champ/NCAA D1, International), training/coaching, (over 40 individual state champs & over 100 place finishers), officiating, (elem/middle/h.s/national/ncaa), the basic fundamentals & technics of the art of wrestling will be taught. We will be giving the student athletes in the area an opportunity to train closer to home in the off season which will improve their chances to compete on a higher level & win. Placing or winning a state championship, wrestling at the next level (college) will be in reach for those that want it and choose to work hard for it.

 

Regular training sessions will be Tuesday & Thursday from February – October, except holidays, camps, & tournaments; days will vary, session times to be determined, during HS wrestling season November - February.

 

Students accepted to the club will maintain a “C” or above average in school; will be respectful to their parents and elders; will be respectful to their coaches, teammates & themselves. Athletes will commit to training hard every session, pay attention to instructors, be disciplined & not tardy. Along with training, athletes will participate in tournaments in & out of state, mostly GA/FL, & parents are required to support the student athletes by providing or arranging transportation to & from training sessions and competition, (tournaments). There will be try outs for those that are not handpicked for the traveling team which will compete on the national circuit. There will be a separate fee to join the national team each year which will be determined after several fundraisers. South Georgia Wrestling Club will promote safety, academics, leadership, discipline, initiative, hard work; show respect & will participate in community service events.

 

AAU card & release of liability is required for each athlete; 17 years & younger needs parent(s) consent, (signature).Sign up at aauwrestling.net Club Code: WW49EW, any problems call Rico at (912) 322-3185.

 

AAU Age Groups: 6 - Under     7-8      9-10       11-12      13 - 14       15 – 16       17-18-19*(HS)      19 – 29      30 – UP