Q&A with Coach Al and Coach Rich Bailey
TCW: What year was the Tri-Valley Elite Wrestling Club first established?
COACH BAILEY: “The grassroots of our club began around November of 2010…What began with only a few of us coaches teaching our kids basic technique in a garage expanded to sharing some mat space with a local club to eventually taking over the already established P-Town Elite Wrestling Club at Amador Valley High School (established by Pete Yozzo, NCAA Division I Champion – Lehigh University). Around March of 2012, we transitioned into what is now known as the Tri-Valley Elite Wrestling Club.”
TCW: How many kids were in the club in the first year?
COACH BAILEY: “Approximately 6 to 8 kids.”
TCW: How many kids compete for Tri-Valley Elite today?
COACH BAILEY: “As of June 2016, the kids club has grown to approximately 60 plus kids; The Tri-Valley WC umbrella consists of the Junior Vipers (5 – 7 years old), Kids (8-13 years old), and high school level (14 years and older). Counting the high school kids, we have over 120 wrestlers. The high school portion of the club began in 2015.”
TCW: Where does TVE practice today?
COACH BAILEY: “The Junior Vipers and Kids group practice at Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton, while the high school kids practice at Granada High School in Livermore.”
TCW: What styles of wrestling does the TVE staff teach?
COACH BAILEY: “Folkstyle (USA Wrestling), Freestyle and Greco-Roman (CA USA Wrestling).”
TCW: What is the Philosophy of TVE?
COACH BAILEY: “The TVE promotes the growth and development of youth wrestling in the Tri Valley Area.”
TCW: What local cities represent the TVE?
COACH BAILEY: “Mostly from Livermore, Pleasanton, San Ramon, and Dublin…Occasionally, we’ll get some kids from out of the area.”
TCW: Have you had any top-level clinicians run camps at TVE? If so, who?
COACH BAILEY: “We’ve had Brian Dolph (NCAA Champion – University of Indiana/Olympic Alternate), Ken Chertow (NCAA All-American – Penn State/Olympian), and Jason Welch (3x NCAA Division I All-American – Northwestern) conduct clinics at our club.”
TCW: Do you compete with other clubs in the greater Bay Area?
COACH BAILEY: “We traditionally conduct “in room scrimmages” with other clubs in the area. These scrimmages consist of kids receiving seven to eight matches in a practice setting. These scrimmages have proven to be very successful and have built great camaraderie among the local wrestlers. “
TCW: How many TVE wrestlers have placed at the age group state championships and nationals?
COACH BAILEY: “In 2015, we had our first set of state placers (folkstyle) with four and had one kid win the tough Reno Worlds (Kyle Parco – San Ramon HS). This year, we produced 20 age group state medalist crowning 3 state champions (folkstyle/freestyle) and had 3 medalist at the Reno Worlds with 1 champion…at the nationals, Kyle Parco earned All-American honors in the Cadet Folkstyle division, whereas, Erin Cornelius earned All-American honors in the Cadet Women’s division. “
TCW: What are your future goals with the Tri-Valley Elite WC?
COACH BAILEY: To have all our kids compete through the high school level and beyond. We’re committed to hard work and developing basic skill sets…establish a strong foundation.
TVE VIPERS COACHING STAFF
– 2x NCAA All-American (CSU Bakersfield)
– PAC-10 Champion
– 3x CA HS State Placer (Monta Vista HS, CC/Valhalla HS, SD)
– State Champion Team – Valhalla 1985
3x Section Champion (CCS & SDS)
– 4 years at CS Bakersfield (1996 Team – 3rd NCAA D1/PAC-10 Champions)
– 2 years @ Moorpark JC (State Champions)
– 9 years at Granada HS (CIF North Coast Section)
– Competed 2 years at Adams State (Division II)
– Placed 3rd at CA Community College State – All-American (Chabot College)
– CIF State Medalist – Livermore HS (NCS)
– 3x CIF-North Coast Section medalist
– 7 years at Granada HS (CIF North Coast Section)
– Wrestled at Chabot JC & Livermore High School
– Asst. Coach at Granada High School
– Wrestled at Moreau High School
– Extensive kids coaching experience in various sports.
– Wrestled at Cal Poly Univ. & Golden West JC
– CIF Southern Section Champion (HS).
TVE JUNIOR VIPERS COACH
– 2x CA Community State Placer/2x All-American (Chabot College)
– Chabot College Athletic Hall-of-Fame
– CIF State Medalist – Livermore HS (CIF North Coast Section)
– 3x CIF NCS medalist
– Head Coach – Livermore HS: 4 years.
TRI-VALLEY ELITE HIGH SCHOOL COACHES
– Wrestled at Chabot College
– Wrestled at Granada High School
– Currently Asst. Coach at Granada High School 2008-2010 and 2013-Present.
– Wrestled at Chabot College
– Wrestled at Granada High
– Asst. Coach at Granada High School 2005-2010 and 2013-Present.
– Wrestled at Arizona State
– Wrestled at Granada High (CIF State Qualifier)
– Asst. Coach at Granada High School.