On May 31, 2011 the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) announced the recipients of the Bob Bubb Coaching Excellence Awards for the 2010-11 season.  The award is presented annually to one coach across each division of collegiate wrestling, and this year Columbia's head coach Brendan Buckley was the Division I coach chosen for the honor.

The award, intended to recognize an outstanding coach who epitomizes the qualities and characteristics of a role model and mentor for developing young student-athletes, was presented to Buckley, Steve Costanzo (St. Could State - Division II), Ron Beaschler (Ohio Northern - Division III), Tim Jager (Morningside - NAIA), Scott Norton (Highline - NJCAA), and Mike Tellez (Rio Hondo - CCC).

"Since the inception of the Bob Bubb Coaching Excellence Award, we've been able to recognize and honor those coaches who go above and beyond when it comes to more than just coaching," said NWCA Executive Director Mike Moyer. "This award is designed to recognize coaches who totally embrace the concept of educationally-based athletics."

Buckley, the Andrew F. Barth Head Coach of Wrestling, led the Lions to a 9-6 overall record in 2010-11 and third place finish in the Ivy League.  The team placed seventh overall at the competitive EIWA Championships in March and had two wrestlers, Eren Civan and Kevin Lester, both advance to the round of 16 at the NCAA Championships.

Off the mat, Columbia shined in the classroom as well ranking third nationally with a 3.2917 team cumulative grade point average. The Lions have been named to the Academic Team each year until Buckley's guidance and have ranked in the top 10 in five of those years.

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