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About Us

Welcome

About SWA

CULTURE

Scanlan Wrestling Academy is much more than just a wrestling system. This is a movement to develop productive, successful, and ethically driven young people. Our society is becoming easier and easier to survive, and it is denying our young people the opportunity to fail. Failure is a massive part of success. When we are so averse to failure, we end up stuck with no purpose or direction.

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For SWA, the true measure of a great wrestler is someone who is great on and off the mat.

Dan Scanlan

Welcome

About SWA

CULTURE

Scanlan Wrestling Academy is much more than just a wrestling system. This is a movement to develop productive, successful, and ethically driven young people. Our society is becoming easier and easier to survive, and it is denying our young people the opportunity to fail. Failure is a massive part of success. When we are so averse to failure, we end up stuck with no purpose or direction.

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For SWA, the true measure of a great wrestler is someone who is great on and off the mat.

Dan Scanlan

Our culture can be captured in three words

Ownership | Focus | Execution

Culture

Ownership

The first part of ownership is extreme accountability. This means that no matter what other factors contributing to an unwanted outcome, every part of the team (Parent, Coaches, Wrestlers) are LOOKING IN THE MIRROR for the points of improvement. The most disastrous thing we can do to our young people is have them believe that someone or something else outside of their control was the reason that they didn’t get what they want. Here are some examples:

“The ref made a bad call, that’s why I lost”
“My mom didn’t pack my shoes, that’s why I don’t have them”
“My teacher didn’t remind me, that’s why I didn’t get my project done on time”
“Coach ran practice too hard, that’s why I got hurt”

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It is the leadership’s job (Wrestling parents and coaches) to raise our young people in a culture that forces accountability no matter how “unfair” or painful a situation may be. We cannot rob our young people of the pain of coming up short. When failure rears its ugly head, there’s ALWAYS something that the individual could have done better to improve the outcome. The second part of Ownership is responsibility. By the time our wrestlers hit high school, they should be fully taking care of their basic needs. A few examples include but are not limited to:

  • Doing their own laundry (washing, drying, folding)
  • Packing their own lunch for school
  • Waking up on their own, making their bed (room must be organized before leaving)
  • Making their own breakfast
  • Getting their license on time and transporting themselves to school, training, recreation, etc.
  • Signing up for wrestling tournaments, sticking to their schedule
  • Directly communicating with coaches and other adult leaders in their life

ALL of these things have built in consequences if the responsibility is not met. As parents it is sometimes difficult to knowingly see these consequences happen or almost happen before swooping in to “protect” our young people from these consequences. It is one of the most important parts of parenting to NOT provide protection from consequences. THAT’S NOT HOW THE WORLD WORKS!!!!!!! We must prepare our young people for the world. They must be responsible, accountable, resilient, and honest. Keeping them safe from consequences (even if it adversely affects the parent’s or coach’s lifestyle and schedule) is one of the most damaging things we can do to our young people.

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See you on the mat!!!!

Culture

Focus

The ability to focus and have “staying power” is critical in helping our young people succeed. Focus is most often lost due to adversity and rigor. It is important that we’re not “feeling sorry” for our young people. That justifies their feeling sorry for themselves, which can turn into a disastrous mindset. Continuing with the accountability, we always need to hold our young people accountable for staying focused. It is the short term focus through adversity and hardship to stay locked-on to their goals and purpose that creates the big picture focus that helps our wrestlers stay on the road to success and achievement.

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Culture

Execution

As the last two parts of our culture (Ownership and Focus) are very closely intertwined, so is the final step being Execution. It is the last and most critical piece to the puzzle. With everything else in order, if we don’t teach our young people the COURAGE to execute after doing everything else right…the efforts are almost totally wasted. Execution is something that we must make a habit of doing correctly and with high quality. In wrestling, the execution portion is simple…competing! In order to practice and sharpen the ability to execute, you must compete often. It is a real skill to be able to perform and execute at a high level on the mat. Ownership and Focus in the training portion will only take us 90% of the way. The last 10% of the process that gets us to our goals is EXECUTION on the mat.
It is not a coincidence that ALL of these principles directly carry over to life, in fact, the bigger purpose here at SWA is to use wrestling as the vehicle that teaches and programs our young people with these principles to help each individual develop into the type of person who succeeds ethically, and eventually is in a position to give back and help others do the same.

Culture

The Training

Our training system is unlike any other. We have a proprietary system that has built-in evolution because of the high level of data collection that we do on a daily basis. We gather data on our wrestlers training attendance, lifting sessions, flexibility, athleticism, training output, match performance, team tournament performance, and parental involvement. Because of this, we are able to make the most accurate adjustments to our training that helps our wrestlers develop in the most efficient and effective way possible.

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1

All Skill
Levels

SWA implements a competitive environment for youth, middle, and high school wrestlers.

2

Character
Building

Your character is revealed through your pursuit to improve and as you strive NOT to make the same mistakes you made yesterday.
Adversity is the tool we use to build character and resilience. This requires supportive (NOT CODDLING) parenting and coaching. We constantly push the comfort zone of our wrestlers to sharpen their character.

3

Fully
Qualified

USA Wrestling Bronze level coaches with decades of experience. We have produced state championships, Super 32 Place winners, nationally ranked wrestlers, scholarship athletes, and successful young people on their path to success."

4

The
Unit

The Unit consists of the Wrestling Parents, The Wrestling Coaches, and The Wrestler. As The Unit becomes more aligned over time (or even immediately), the potential for success and the speed at which we can achieve it together DRASTICALLY increases. WE ARE A TEAM!

Staff

Our Coaches

Joe Scanlan

Joe Scanlan

Coach

Coach Joe, being Coach Dan’s father, coached him most of his life.

Dan Scanlan

Dan Scanlan

Coach, Founder

Having wrestled since age 6, Coach Dan has almost 20 years of competitive experience and over 12 years of coaching experience. As a competitor, his accomplishments include the following: 4x Youth MAWA National Placewinner 2003 AA Virginia State Champion (160) 2004 AA Virginia State Champion (171) 2003 Super 32 Finalist Ranked top 8 in the country (High School) 3 years…

Our Results in Numbers

Scanlan Wrestling Academy implements a competitive environment for youth, middle, and high school wrestlers. The SWA coaching staff is eager to help our wrestlers compete at the highest levels in local, state, regional, and national competitions!

7

Virginia State
Championships

10

State Place
Winners

12

Years of Coaching
Experience

98

All
Medals

PEOPLE ABOUT US

Wonderful program. If you are serious about improving as a wrestler, this is the place to go. I had two wrestlers that improved 100%, they didn’t even look like the same wrestlers. It teaches so much about discipline and dedication. Amazing program, and on the plus side my one wrestler lost almost 40 pounds with the help and encouragement of Dan and The Professor. It was tough, but both my wrestlers will be going back again.

Robin Beasley

Amazing program! My son has become a better wrestler 100%. Dan’s training goes beyond just wrestling and conditioning. He shows each kid how to take responsibility for their own actions. Honestly wish I would’ve enrolled my son in his program earlier.

Lynda Phuyo

For those who take wrestling seriously, making the choice to train with Dan is the only way to go. With discipline and hard work personifying his program, Dan’s focus on conditioning and effective technique enables his wrestlers to perform at their best on the competition mat.

Karen TerHaar

This is the best training around for beginners to very high level advanced wrestler’s. Coach Scanlan knows wrestling and what it takes to reach the highest levels in the sport. He can take wrestler’s of every level and make them better on the mat and off the mat as well.
This program is the best around for any wrestler who wants to improve and be the best they can be. If you want to be a State Champion and or wrestler in college, or just improve your skills to the highest level, this program is where you want to be. Thank you Coach Scanlan for making this program possible!

Jack Creamer

Over the five years that my sons, Zak and Cole, have trained with Dan Scanlan, they have completely transformed into confident, extremely fit young men.  Right from the beginning, everything clicked.  They loved the intensity Dan brought to training and worked hard to meet his goals.  In no time they had mastered proper technique and were getting better at an amazing rate.  It was a perfect match.

Gabby Depasquale