Bobby D

Bobby D

"It's not the destination, it's the journey. Ready? Wrestle!"

by Coach Darrah


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“Bob Darrah had IT. Everybody doesn’t have IT...” —Jim Miller, former Wartburg College coach

COACH BOB DARRAH never wrestled in high school or college, but in coaching over 30 years of high school wrestling his teams won 95% of their matches. Coach Darrah’s teams compiled a dual meet record of 340-17-2. That career winning percentage is the best for Iowa high school wrestling coaches. Few coaches in any sport can claim this level of success over three decades and at three different high schools. After coaching at Morning Sun, Urbandale, and Dowling high schools, Darrah was recruited to the collegiate level by the administration and boosters of Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa. At Simpson, he coached men’s wrestling, and took on women’s golf. With five decades of teaching behind him, Coach has chosen to share what he feels shaped his personal and professional development. His readiness to learn and innovate helped him show others how hard work and desire could bring rewards. The gold standard of achievement in wrestling in a wrestling-crazed state came through fierce dedication. Coach was known for being tough. Here, Coach’s stories expose the root of that toughness growing up in rural Iowa during the Great Depression. Included in this book are interviews and essays from some who were motivated by Coach’s belief in them. Coach’s gifts include the ability to focus on the unique talents of individuals and to foster the individual’s desire to elevate that talent. He pointed to goals that seemed unattainable to doubters but were within reach for those who believed and would commit to hard work and sacrifice. Coach Darrah was as inspired by these athletes as they were by him. A celebration of both the coach and the athletes who believed.

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Format: 6 x 9 Color Dust-Jacketed Hardback, 312 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Dec 20, 2017)
ISBN10: 147879254X
ISBN13: 9781478792543

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Coach Darrah Named Robert L. Darrah by his parents, he came of age in Chariton, Iowa. In high school he participated on the football and basketball teams, and ran track. After high school, he worked as a lineman for a utility company, and was a member of the Iowa National Guard before joining the United States Navy. As a Seabee he was stationed in the northeastern US with stints in Bermuda and Cuba. During this time, he stayed competitive as a men’s fast pitch softball pitcher. He also boxed in Golden Gloves events. After the Navy, Coach attended college on the GI Bill. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Westmar College in LeMars, Iowa, and later his master’s degree at Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State) in Kirksville, Missouri. While at Westmar, Darrah joined the golf team, played football, and established relationships with other athletes who would go on to become great coaches in their own right. He and his wife Donna were married over 40 years. They raised three children while Coach was building high school wrestling programs at Morning Sun, Urbandale, and Dowling. He accepted the challenge to coach wrestling and women's golf at the collegiate level at Simpson College. Coach Darrah was infamous for running intense practices in wrestling rooms. He was also known for punctuating his critiques with what he calls “four letter words.” Many were surprised that he could make the transition from that aggressive environment to one that would allow him to facilitate the development of the quiet confidence required of tournament-winning golfers. Yet his skill in developing champions moved easily between sports and genders, as under his guidance the Simpson women’s golf team dominated its conference for much of a decade.
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