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Art Castillo: 2018 Coach of the Year!

February 28, 2018

Western's wrestling team made history this year, breaking records at Nationals! While we are all very proud of the guys on the team, let's look at the man who lead the team to where they are today. 

Art Castillo is a Green River native - so he's right at home in Sweetwater County. He's been involved in the sport of wrestling since he was just five years old. 2019 marks 35 consecutive years of wrestling in his life and his 10th season as head coach at Western. No wonder he's had such success at Nationals! 

During his head coaching career, Art has coached 21 All-Americans and two National Champions. They won the Academic National Championship in 2010 for having the highest team GPA in the country. During that time the team has had dozens of National Qualifiers and All-Region recipients. 

Art has been voted Coach of the Year twice, 2015 and 2018 by opposing coaches. He is a member of the NWCA (National Wrestling Coaches Association) and sitting member of the National Ranking Committee for the NJCAA. He has previously served as a member of both the Man of the Year and Hall of Fame Committee’s. Locally, Art is a committee member for Kari’s Access Awards and on Western's Safety Committee as a Title IX Investigator.

So what does Art do when he's not coaching or involved in the community? 

"I enjoy golfing, camping and fishing, and traveling with my beautiful wife, Jess." 

Next time you see Art be sure to congratulate him on the tremendous job he does with the wrestling team, and give him a pat on the back for being 2018's Coach of the Year. 



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