Derek Garfield Turning Winning Attitude into Winning Tradition at Fairbury
FAIRBURY – Intense, loud, kind, tough, energetic. You could say that each one of these adjectives describes Fairbury Wrestling Coach, Derek Garfield. One adjective that sticks out above all the others, though, is winner.
“We kind of drew a line in the sand, and said this is how it’s going to be here. To their credit, they’ve adjusted pretty quickly to that. They know I love them to death, but if they need correcting, I’m going to correct them, and they know that, too. I believe that kids feed off your energy and, so, to be a successful coach, you’ve got to be high energy. I think when you have that, with some discipline mixed in, that’s a recipe for success,” said Garfield.
What’s it like to wrestle for Coach Garfield?
Well, Patrick Ondrak just earned his 100th win for the Jeffs.
“Coach Garfield is the kind of guy that never let’s you slack off. You’re always going to work hard for him, but at the same time, he’s still the kind of guy that will give you the time of day no matter what. Great guy, always has your back no matter what, if you put the work in, he’ll always have you. He’s a great coach and I wouldn’t want anyone else to be my coach,” declared Ondrak.
The thing is, Coach Garfield has as much fun coaching the wrestlers, as they have wrestling for him.
Damian Green is officially the all-time win’s leader at Fairbury. He currently sits at 119 wins, breaking the previous record of 116 that was held by J.D. Moody.
“Damian Green, what else can you say about a kid who has absolutely earned everything else he has ever gotten. That kid has ate, breathed and slept wrestling since the time he was a little guy. He grew up in our Mat Men program. For him to hold the career win record at Fairbury is a gigantic accomplishment,” exclaimed Garfield.
In Garfield’s third year as head coach, the Jeffs are showing signs of significant success. Jacob Johnson has medaled twice in state as a Freshman and Sophomore. Green, meanwhile, missed out on a medal last season, after medaling as a Sophomore.
“This season, get up on that podium at state, that’s the big goal, but medaling overall would be nice,” stated Green.
Coach Garfield likes what he has seen up to this point as head coach, and he thinks the future continues to look brighter and brighter for the Jeffs.
“When I came here, I took bits and pieces from every guy I’ve worked with and been around, and it’s been a fun process. We’re not where we want to be yet, but we’re getting a lot closer,” said Garfield.
Fairbury travels to Plattsmouth on Saturday before hosting a home dual with Central City on Tuesday. Coach Garfield’s twin brother coaches there. There will also be a home meet on Friday.