Coach made a career of preparing wrestlers for life

Steve Hood will retire this year

 

Coach Steve Hood, along with longtime Assistant Coach Lee Largent and wrestlers TOny Nichols and Kaleb Horn, watches a Raider wrestling match in January 2018. - Jacob Wagner photo

An era of Raider wrestling is ending with the coming retirement of Coach Steve Hood, whose professional and personal life was shaped by the sport he viewed as a means to help shape young lives.

"It's been a great ride, a great experience," Hood told The Star recently. "A lot of really good experiences. Athletics gives you an ability to work with kids on a different level than in the classroom. It's an opportunity to help them learn so many life lessons about hard work, and dealing with adversity, and how to prepare. I tell them everything in life is a competition; you compete for jobs, you...



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