Erick Figueroa TERRA LINDA HS
I met Carolyn back in the summer of 2008 and throughout my wrestling career, she has been extremely helpful. She helped me accomplish my goal of becoming a state qualifier and a section finalist.
Her coaching has been excellent; during tournaments, Carolyn would travel to them and coach us. Simple things determined whether we would place at a tournament or go home with nothing. She would always keep things simple and easy to understand so we would focus on our match, such as keeping your body position in a certain way to have maximum strength. The open room workouts are by far the best wrestling practices I have attended. It’s simple, show up and wrestle, which is what everyone wants to do in order to improve. This practices stand out the most because the practices I attend at my club are boring, the coach is always showing new technique every day, some of which I have never used. Carolyn has taught me a lot of wrestling technique that fits my wrestling style and is always watching me wrestle to find new ways to improve. It is easy to communicate with her, and if for some reason I cannot travel to the practices, she is more than glad to pick me up and give me a ride.
One thing many coaches miss during practices is the need for a wrestler to be flexible and Carolyn makes sure we improve our flexibility. The warm-ups consist of many drills that are similar to yoga and along with her knowledge about the muscles in our body, we improve our flexibility and as well as strengthening small muscles that, the majority of wrestlers ignore but are necessary to become a better wrestler. When Carolyn is not coaching, she is giving nutritional advice to keep our weight down as well as what kinds of foods we need to eat in order to have the most amount of energy and improve our performance.
Carolyn has been by far the most helpful coach I had; her knowledge about wrestling is incredible and is always willing to help others who want to improve, no matter the level of wrestling from middle school to division 1-college wrestlers.
Erick Figueroa Terra Linda High School
2011 NCS Finalist
2011 CA State Qualifier