Heads Up - A USA Wrestling Coaches Council Podcast

Heads Up - A USA Wrestling Coaches Council Podcast: S2 Episode 2 featuring Andrea Yamamoto and Tela (O'Donnell) Bacher

February 19, 2022 USA Wrestling
Heads Up - A USA Wrestling Coaches Council Podcast
Heads Up - A USA Wrestling Coaches Council Podcast: S2 Episode 2 featuring Andrea Yamamoto and Tela (O'Donnell) Bacher
Show Notes

Tela (O'Donnell) Bacher

2004 Olympian in Women's Wrestling, her passion is empowering girls and women to live to their full potential and capability, while supporting them in developing a positive relationship with exercise and food.

Tela placed at the Alaskan High School Wrestling State Championships, (only the 2nd female in Alaskan history to do so). 

As the National Camps Manager for Wrestle Like A Girl (WLAG), Tela has organized camps across 20 states, and supported a Gender Based Violence (GBV) initiative in Pakistan in coordination with the U.S. Dept of  State. 

Tela earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Trinity College and her Mind Body Eating Certification from the Institute for The Psychology of Eating. Tela homesteads in Homer, Alaska with her husband and their 3 children. 


Andrea Yamamoto

Five time World Team Member, Andrea (Carstens) Yamamoto is not only one of the pioneers of Women's Wrestling, she's carrying the torch to grow women's wrestling across America. She and Joan Fulp have helped the explosive growth of Women's Wrestling at all levels - including state sanctioning for girl's HS wrestling in 36 states (as of Feb 2022).

Andrea lives and coaches wrestling in Washington state while traveling across the nation speaking to groups to grow our sport.

USA Wrestling Resource Links for HS Sanctioning
https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Wrestling/Women/High-School-Sanctioning-Resources 

Getting Started
https://wrestlelikeagirl.org/getting-started 

One Courageous Girl
-Don’t be surprised, be prepared
-Boys will follow the coach’s enthusiasm toward girls
https://www.osaa.org/docs/wre/courageous.pdf 

Women’s Wrestling’s Reluctant Pioneers (WIN Magazine, Dec 2021)
https://www.win-magazine.com/current-past-issues/womens-wrestlings-reluctant-pioneers/

WLAG Best Practices
https://static1.squarespace.com/static/572acf1062cd94f0536532bb/t/5fc67a984e98326c02f1decf/1606843034903/Best+Practices+Quick+Guide+12-1-20.pdf 

Moments Off the Mat (Andrea Yamamoto and Joan Fulp Interview)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rr3VOJFNMqs 

Tela’s Interview on the “Girls and Heroes” Podcast with Brenna
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxW9iZ726WA

3D Coaching Course Intro Video (this course is a USA Wrestling Silver Level Coaching Task)
https://vimeo.com/180921080 

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