Roger Kish had just finished addressing the media late Thursday afternoon and the team room at the Fargodome was virtually empty. He sat down on a chair and let out a large sigh of relief, the look of a man who just went through a week-long pressure cooker. If the job of head wrestling coach was handed to him like it was suggested in a letter to the editor in today’s Forum, he was faking it pretty well.
I heard all types of stories and drama in the last couple of weeks concerning this job. I’m not going to get into details because that’s not the point. The point is there is a process that NDSU follows to hire a coach and in my many years of covering this program, I have yet to see or hear of somebody being handed a position. They’ve either earned it through experience with the program, the interviewÂ or both.
In Kish’s case, it appears both applies. Every step from the phone interview to the face-to-face meetings with the committee or the appointed people on campus are taken into account. I heard from committee members, not the athletic director,Â that Kish was impressive and prepared. Is he the best coach out there? Maybe, maybe not, but he did emerge from this week as the best candidate according to the committee, the athletic director and ultimately the president, who doesn’t take athletics lightly. Reputation, connections and resume do not necessarily get you a job at NDSU.
You need to be at the top of your gameÂ with every step.