GABLE: I had never seen a coach like Harold Nichols in my entire life. Danny Mack Gable (born October 25, 1948) is an American former folkstyle and freestyle wrestler and coach. In fact, (former Iowa coach Gary) Kurdelmeier brought us both in to assist him at the same time. His achievements and struggles were presented in several documentaries telecasted on numerous international networks, such as ESPN and HBO. When he was 15 years old, a teenager from his neighborhood sexually assaulted and murdered Gable's 19-year-old sister. Although Gable has called his sister's death his "biggest loss,"[3] he did not allow the tragedy to affect his focus on wrestling. I don’t want to say that Kathy is my assistant coach, but everyone needs a person to keep them straight and narrow. • It was unbelievable that only on five occasions his coached team lost more than one dual meet in a year; if we go through the statistics, Gable’s team averaged over 17 wins and one loss per season. The team won 15 NCAA titles and 21 Big Ten championships.

• The only defeat of his career occurred in 1970 NCAA 142-pound final round, where he met Washington sophomore Larry Owings, who was the only player that can compete in Gable’s class.

But there must be distinct roles. Once they got together and got their working relationship established, Nichols knew what Anderson was going to contribute. Sometimes, it’s an automatic process and instinct takes over. Kathy Carpenter was 19 when she married Gable, whom she met through a former boyfriend of hers. There has to be a guy who is the mastermind and sees an ending point. During the 1996-97 season, he underwent hip replacement surgery missing few matches.

I didn’t know how J (Robinson, the current Minnesota coach who assisted Gable, 1976-84) and I would complement each other, except knowing that we had spent time together for about a year while we were training for the 1971 Worlds and 1972 Olympics.
You have to be the person making decisions but there are a lot of decisions that must be left to other people. • As an Olympic Head Coach, he was present at three-time performances of 1980, 1984, and 2000 wherein the 1984 Hawkeyes team attained seven gold medals. One of their wrestlers was Dan Gable, who went on to copy much of their success at ISU while he led Iowa to 15 NCAA championships. She was sexually attacked and murdered by the neighbor Tom Kyle, who confessed to the crime and was sentenced to life in prison. GABLE: I think each situation is unique and depends on how much success is actually taking place, what has been accomplished and what will happen in the future.

Gable grew up in Waterloo, Iowa. After four years, he was promoted to head coach position, and as his first season with the team, the Hawkeyes went 17-1-1 and finished third at the 1977 NCAA Tournament.

With this in mind, Gable spoke with WIN editor Mike Finn about what makes a good partnership between a head coach and his assistants and actually compares it to a good marriage. Gearing up his confidence, Gable never carried a fear of getting beat instead focused on practice to beat opponents in the future. They each have a certain expertise. Dan pulled from a 7-2 deficit with full focus to tie the match 8-8 in the third period, but suddenly, Owings managed to re-establish his control and pulled off a 13-11 shocker. WIN: Not all partnerships are good.
• In 1966, Dan was enrolled in the Iowa State University, but initially, he was restricted to participate in tournaments that are open to all amateurs due to NCAA freshman ineligibility rules. I call it independence, which is really a hard word to understand.

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In 1985, he was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame. This category only includes cookies that ensures basic functionalities and security features of the website. I compare it to my marriage and how much I count on my wife. Nichols developed and coached a style that you had to have examples in the room, leaders in the room of what you really wanted.

Mackenzie McCord, Annie Gavin, Jenni Mitchell and Molly Olszta. Gable also gained fame for having lost only a single match in his entire Iowa State University collegiate career. A two-time NCAA champion, Dan Gable was one of the best to ever compete in collegiate wrestling. These cookies do not store any personal information. • He was one of the dominant players during his collegiate career; as a junior, Dan marked 30-0 and began a string of 25 straight pins, an NCAA record. In his honor, October 25, 2013, was recognized as ‘Dan Gable Day’ in Iowa. WIN: How does a coach separate himself between that of a dictator and a delegator when it comes to his coaches?

By the end of the first year, after Jim Zalesky also left to join J, I got Jimmy back. During the 2012 Olympic Games, Dan Gable was inducted into the FILA Hall of Fame Legends of the Sport.

Dan Gable is a distinguished retired American Olympic wrestler and head coach recognized as one of the greatest amateur wrestlers that the country ever had. In 1985, he was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame. Dan Gable: Like in a marriage, good coaching partners complement each one, Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window). He took advantage of that more than anything else. In 1996, he was named on the list of ‘100 Golden Olympians’, an honor bestowed to the top 100 U.S. Olympians of all time. Gable was the head coach of three Olympic teams and six world teams. Website Designed and Developed by Senergy Marketing Group. He captured nine consecutive NCAA Championships (1978-86) throughout the term, scaling the winning percentage of .932. Les Anderson, who served as an assistant coach to Harold Nichols at Iowa State in the 1960s and 1970s, recently passed away. • Besides having a traumatic childhood and dealing with sister’s murder, Dan stood up from the “biggest loss” of his life, gaining up anomalous determination for wrestling.

The Hawkeyes were able to win 25 consecutive Big Ten championships, 21 under his position as head coach and four while he was an assistant coach. For example in 1997 at the Big Ten Championships in Minneapolis, I was not planning on coaching (while recovering from hip surgery). Olympic Champion. The team won 15 NCAA titles and 21 Big Ten championships.

That happened in 1984 and 1997.

Notify me of follow-up comments via e-mail. GABLE: That is a key point. Danny Mack Gable a.k.a. WIN: How should coaches develop their responsibilities and roles within a team? This website uses cookies to improve your experience. In 2020 he is honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Donald Trump.

GABLE: You are in denial and the reason why is because you don’t understand. [6] In 1991, Gable was awarded with the Art Abrams Lifetime Achievement Award by Cauliflower Alley Club. I may write out a practice plan and say this is what we’re going to do in A, B and C. By the time I get to D, I might have to change.

Yes, I'm a girl, and can we break this stereotype that a girl can't be a crazy sports follower? I was sitting in the stands with my crutches, but I could see (the probable results) were not going to be good enough an hour into the first session to where I flew out of the stands and onto the floor and probably made a fool of myself. WIN: Did you do the same thing at Iowa with your assistant coaches? Copyright © 2020.

He coached 152 all-Americans, 45 national champions, 106 Big Ten Champions and 12 Olympians, including eight medalists. [7], From 1976 to 1997, Gable was the head wrestling coach at the University of Iowa.

• In 2002, Gable was selected as President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. In between 1976 to 1997, Gable was the head coach of wrestling at the University of Iowa. You live at such a fast pace, and I’m sure I was living at a fast pace in those days, that I wasn’t taking my time to analyze correctly what the issues were and what needed to be done.

One of their wrestlers was Dan Gable, who went on to copy much of their success at ISU while he led Iowa to 15 NCAA championships. Together you have to have this vision.

• He attained the title of an all-time winningest coach from 1976 to 1997, as Gable led the University squad to win 15 NCAA National Wrestling Team Titles while compiling a career record 355-21-5.

Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. At the 1972 Olympic Games in particular, Gable won all six of his matches without giving up a point. With this in mind, Gable spoke with WIN editor Mike Finn about what makes a good partnership between a head coach and his assistants and actually compares it to a good marriage. Necessary cookies are absolutely essential for the website to function properly. • After college, he went on to add titles at the 1971 Pan American Games in Cali Colombia and World Championships in Sofia Bulgaria. His collegiate career ended attaining two NCAA titles with a 119-1 career record. 2014. Your email address will not be published. This is a big talking point for me with companies who want better performances. At the 1976 and 1988 Olympics, he coached for freestyle wrestling sessions. Gable was only the third wrestler to have ever been inducted into the United World Wrestling's Hall of Fame in the Legend category.[1][2]. World Champion",,, Website of film 'Catch: the hold not taken', Gable's wins and losses between the years 1963 and 1973,, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Chen, Albert. • For his impeccable accomplishments in the sports, Gable was selected as the nation’s outstanding wrestler by the AAU in 1970, and the U.S. Wrestling Federation in 1971. Post was not sent - check your email addresses!