Who We Are

The Cowboys are an all-inclusive, nationally ranked, dedicated team of wrestlers in Cochrane, Alberta. Our goal is to grow responsible athletes who above all respect others, know the value of hard work, team work, and dedication, and who model honour and sportsmanship. These values are at the core of the Cowboys Team.

 

Wrestling is a journey of personal growth. We aim to equip our athletes through quality coaching, leadership opportunities, and an appreciation for our sport. We expect our athletes to mature as wrestlers and individuals, and then contribute back to the team and society. Success in our program is not measured by medals and trinkets, but rather positive growth in the individual!

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Our Achievements

Our club has had tremendous success in various areas! The Cowboys were named the Top Ranked Wrestling Club in Alberta in both 2014 and 2015 and have been the ASAA Provincial Champions 18 times. Our wrestlers have acquired National rankings in both Greco and Freestyle, and won 16 medals at the Canadian National Championships. Four of our wrestlers have gone on to represent Canada on the International stage where they won three PanAmerican Wrestling Championship medals. Several of our alumni have earned scholarships at the University level, and still come home to coach and mentor the current Cowboys team.

Our Coaches

Not only do our coaches love wrestling, they're also passionate about developing character and values in our athletes. Under the leadership of our Head Coach Vern McNeice, our volunteer coaches go beyond the mats to make the Cochrane Cowboys the perfect team for your child. Learn more about our coaching team below.

Vern McNeice

Head Coach, President

Vern McNeice

Vern McNeice has been involved with the sport of wrestling since 1982. His long list of accomplishments include being a four-time Provincial Champion, the National Greco Champion, and a World Fire/Police Games Bronze medalist. He started the Cowboys wrestling team in 2005. Since then, he has coached the Alberta Winter Games team four times and in 2015 was the Assistant Coach for the Canada Summer Games Team. For two consecutive years he's led the Canadian Cadet National Team to the Pan American and World Championships, and has received the prestigious Alberta Co-Coach of the Year Award. Vern and his beautiful wife Lana have two sons and reside in the Calgary area where he works as a Firefighter.


Frank Dostaler

Coach

Frank Dostaler

Frank started wrestling in grade 10. There was one wrestler at his school who he just couldn't seem to beat - Vern McNeice! Vern approached Frank in 2005 seeking his help with the new Cowboys team, and he's been coaching ever since! Frank is passionate about developing quality athletes, and helping them to mature personally. He and his beautiful family reside near Calgary, where he works as a firefighter.


Curtis Hooper

Coach

Curtis Hooper

I have two kids with the club now and love seeing them enjoy the sport as much as I did when I wrestled in high school. The best part of coaching for me is seeing and getting to be a part of the all the kids growth, both on the mat and off.


Mike Sharkey

Coach

Mike Sharkey

A proud father of three young Cowboys wrestlers, Mike Sharkey has seen first-hand what a positive impact great coaching can have on kids. He got certified as a Level One Community Coach so he could contribute more to the team. This is his first year as a wrestling coach, although he has coached other sports in the past.


Eric Adam

Coach

Eric Adam

Although this is Eric's first year coaching with the Cowboys, this proud father of five has coached youth softball and soccer in years past. Eric has also volunteered with multiple youth organizations. Coaching with the Cowboys brings him back to one of his favourite sports, where he competed at the high school level in the state of Arizona.


Russell Friend

Coach

Russell Friend

Russell started wrestling in 1984 and is a 19-time Provincial champion, multi-time National Greco Champion, multi-time National Freestyle medalist, multi-time International Medalist and member of the 1995 Pan American Games team. Russell enjoys the rural atmosphere, philosophy and environment that the Cochrane Cowboys has created and maintained and he strives to give back to the sport and people that have given him the tools for a wonderful and productive family and lifestyle.


Gordon MacGregor

Coach

Gordon MacGregor

This is my first year with the Cowboys. I am excited to help coach and develop the Jr Cowboys wrestling team. I have a wrestling and Judo background and years ago competed out of Prince Albert Saskatchewan. The Cowboys wrestling club has a wealth of coaching experience and I am happy to be a part of the team.


Try Us Out!

Not sure if wrestling is for you? Come and try it out at one of our practices! Please email our "Registrar" to set the date!