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February Alum of the Month: Cody Walters

Flannery Jewell | Feb 4, 2019

Cody Walters, Regional Training Center wrestling coach at West Virginia University, has been named Alum of the Month for February 2019.

A first-generation student, Walters graduated from The Patton College’s Physical Education Teacher Education Program in 2016. He went on to work as an assistant wrestling coach at Gardner-Webb University, where he produced four National Collegiate Athletic Association qualifiers in just two years. West Virginia University hired him in 2018.

“Wrestling has given me the opportunity to travel all over the country, receive an amazing college education, has given me a career that I wake up excited for every single day, and has blessed me with friendships I wouldn’t trade for anything,” said Walters.

A full-time Division I coaching job has not stopped Walters from continuing his own wrestling career. While he coaches at West Virginia University, he is also training to qualify for a spot in the Senior World Team Trials Tournament in June 2019. After that, he hopes to represent Team USA at the World Wrestling Championships in Kazakhstan.

Walters said that international-wrestling training has been a “tremendous experience so far,” adding, “I’ve been able to train with past Olympians, current world-team members, and other very successful wrestlers, which has taken my wrestling to a much higher level.”

In his four years at Ohio University, Walters won 115 matches, was a three-time Mid-American Conference (MAC) champion, and was a four-time NCAA Qualifier. He earned All-America status as a freshman and senior after competing and placing in the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.

Walters said his experiences in the PETE program made it easier for him to transition into a coaching role. When he creates practice plans for his team, he models them after lesson plans he created in college and makes sure each wrestler “is challenged in a way that is attainable, but makes them push themselves to constantly improve.”

Walters began wrestling when he was 6 and doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon. He looks forward to continuing his career as a coach and as a wrestler.

“It sounds cliché,” he said, “but wrestling means everything to me.”