Williamstown’s Griswold Moves to Next Level!
Head Women’s Wrestling Coach At Elmira.
Coach Griswold on Senior night with Senior Venessa Chaquette and her parents.
Elmira, NY – Elmira College Athletic Department’s Associate Vice President Renee Carlineo announced on March 24th, that the College had Selected Cody Griswold to head their first Women’s Wrestling Team. Elmira College is joining many other colleges in getting involved with the fastest growing sport in America.
Coach Griswold started his wrestling career at New Milford High School in Connecticut, where he achieved a record of 144-38 and a State Title @ 171 lbs. Cody showed his leadership skills early as he was named team captain three times. From the Nutmeg State he traveled to the Green Mountains of Vermont to pursue a Degree in Education from Norwich University. While at Norwich not only did, he continue his wrestling career, he was also involved with the ROTC. This multitasking lead to his ability to focus and lead, as evident by his building of the Williamstown program.
Cody Graduated from Norwich in 2014 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Physical Education with a concentration in Coaching.
Coach Griswold with 2019 Seniors
Vermont Wrestler caught up with Elmira’s Head Women’s Wrestling Coach recently by email and asked him a few questions;
VW: I believe you took over the Williamstown program from Dan Green, what were the initial challenges of a new coach in virtually a new program?
Coach Griswold: In 2013 I did my student teaching at Williamstown high School and talked to the then Athletic Director Derek Howard about how awesome wrestling is. The AD loved the sport and started putting together a team. The next year I was an assistant for the Norwich program, when I got a phone call from Mr. Howard telling me they were looking for coaches. I went down and talked with him about helping out and the next year Dan Green and I started coaching the team together. We both learned a lot that year. Being a kid from Connecticut, I knew nothing about Vermont wrestling. That year with Dan was monumental in giving me an understanding of how Vermont wrestling operated.
VW: What is one your basic philosophies on building and maintaining a competitive program?
Coach Griswold: My philosophy has always been the same when it comes to coaching or in life. It’s short and simple, and it’s “do the right the thing.” I want my student athletes to do the right thing when no one is looking. Do the right thing for their team, coaches, families and themselves. I want them to live a life that they can look back on and be proud of.
Live a life their parents would be proud of. This is something I preach in the practice room every day. Do the right thing. Drill the move the right way, compete the right way..ect.ect. If the student athletes come together and do the right things together then the winning and success will work its self out. But the most important thing is creating better adults, that live good lives long after their wrestling career is over.
VW: I think most people would agree that Josh Hanlon was your most accomplished wrestler, would you agree and your thoughts on Josh?
Coach Griswold: Josh Hanlon was the most accomplice wrestler that I coached at Williamstown. Josh was a hard worker and great team leader. He was a determined student athlete that worked hard both in the classroom and on the wrestling mats.
VW: How proud were you of Marcus Fleury for receiving the 2019-20 VWOA sportsmanship Award?
Coach Griswold: I couldn’t be prouder or happier. I can’t think of anyone I have met in my life that would be more deserving. Marcus is the hardest working, most respectful young man in the state of Vermont. He is going to go on to make the Green Mountain state very proud of him as he pursues a career as a lawyer. Currently he is training to, and certainly will break the world record for fastest marathon time with multiple sclerosis ever.
VW: What was the process of being named Head Coach @ Elmira?
Coach Griswold: The hiring process for being tabbed Head Coach at Elmira college was pretty long. There were 2 or 3 different phone interviews spread out between a month or so. Each time they widdled down the list. They then invited me to stay a night on their beautiful campus. I spent the next day doing multiple interviews with their great administrators, coaches, and athletic staff. About a month after that I was named head coach.
2019 Vergennes Tournament
VW: How important will Vermont be in recruiting athletes for your team?
Coach Griswold: Vermont will be critical in my recruiting process. As women’s wrestling continues to grow, so does Vermont.
I know all of us at Vermont Wrestler, along with entire Wrestling community in Vermont wish you much success. We will be watching and keeping everyone up to date as your program grows.
Williamstown’s Griswold Moves to Next Level! Head Women’s Wrestling Coach At Elmira.
Vermont Wrestler 4/1/2020