You can take the wrestler out of competition, but you can’t soothe the same wrestler’s competitive spirit like the sport did.
For Jay Borschel, he spent enough time away from the sport that had been a big part of his entire life.
Borschel said he expects to become the next volunteer assistant coach for Northwestern University during a phone interview Monday. He visited Evanston, Ill., last weekend with his wife, Jillian Perry, to visit with Wildcat head coach Drew Pariano and others. No official announcement has been made by Northwestern.
“You can’t just take it away,” Borschel said about his passion for wrestling. “I’ve been doing it for so long it doesn’t go away.”
The University of Iowa 2010 NCAA champion and two-time All-American, who won four state titles at Linn-Mar High School (2002-05), entertained the idea of switching careers the last six months. He has been selling equipment for a medical supply company in St. Louis, which hosted the NCAA Division I Championships in March. Borschel attended the national tournament and was certain he wanted to return.
“I just wanted to get back into coaching,” said Borschel, noting his experience would benefit wrestlers. “I feel like I have a lot to bring to any program as far as skills and living that lifestyle.”
The Wildcats are attempting to improve the Wildcat Wrestling Club and become an Olympic Regional Training Center. It opens avenues to bring in a good coach for middle and upper-weight wrestlers.
Borschel expects to move to Evanston within the month as he finishes up work in St. Louis. He said it is a good opportunity and he feels his unique approach to wrestling will mesh with the Wildcats, who placed ninth at the NCAA tournament with two All-Americans in freshman heavyweight Mike McMullan who was third and 157-pounder Jason Welch who was fourth.
“I feel like It was a good fit,” said Borschel, who has no previous coaching experience. “I wanted to get personally involved with the development of the athletes on a personal level.”
Now, Borschel could find himself in the opposite corner from the coaches who used to be in his. He is ready for the chance to coach against Tom and Terry Brands.
“They’re not going to hold anything back so I’m not either,” Borschel said. “I don’t think they would want me to.”