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NEWPORT — Entering his third season as head wrestling coach for the Newport Cubs, Enrique Hernandez has seen the program go through several changes.
He’s seen the number of wrestlers nearly quadruple since his first year. He’s also seen the wrestling facility expand to hold four-full sized mats, an extra mat room and an in-house weight room.
But a lot of the change he’s seen is in his own coaching style. With more than 20 years of coaching under his belt, Hernandez continues to adapt his coaching philosophy to build better wrestlers — many changes go against the grain on how he approached the sport, both as a competitor and a coach.
“We are changing our coaching perspective to try and make it more exciting, more fun for the kids,” he said. “Rather than making it place that they have to go work and that they hate doing most of the time. Wrestling is perceived as a lot of work and no one wants to do it.”