SMYRNA, GA – (January 4, 2022) “Coaching unlocks a person’s potential to maximize their growth,” said John Whitmore, author of Coaching for Performance. This philosophy parallels the mission of Navy Talent Acquisition Group (NTAG) Atlanta. Civilians from across the country are joining the Navy to improve themselves and unleash their maximum potential. The Navy can offer a multitude of opportunities that can prepare an individual for success. Equipment Operator 1st Class Charles Coleman joined the Navy at Cartersville in 2005 in hopes of maximizing its potential.

When Coleman joined the Navy, he didn’t realize that a passion he had in high school would benefit his career as a sailor. This passion is the struggle. He discovered the sport while trying to find something to do during the offseason of football. Wrestling ultimately taught Coleman several life lessons that he still carries with him to this day.

“Wrestling teaches you to overcome adversity,” Coleman said. “You have to learn from your mistakes and improve yourself every day. You can’t just hide and not work because it will show on the mat. Without the lessons I learned and my coach pushing me to my limits, I don’t think I would have overcome some of the obstacles I have encountered in life.

In August 2021, Coleman visited Temple High School on the first day of school to meet the students, faculty and staff of the school. It was supposed to be a regular school visit for Coleman, but he didn’t know he was about to reconnect with his long lost passion. The first person Coleman met was John Garner, the wrestling trainer at Temple High. Coleman told Garner he wrestled before and spoke about his background and knowledge of the sport. He knew he wanted to get involved again, so he asked Garner if they could use a volunteer trainer. To Coleman’s surprise, Coach Garner offered him a volunteer coaching position at Temple High School.

“You can tell when you meet people if they have a spark for the sport,” Garner said. “I’m a very passionate guy and I could tell he matched my level of enthusiasm and passion for the sport. This is the same level that I am looking for in our wrestlers. Petty Officer Coleman is a driven person and he’s the kind of guy who sees something that needs to be done and he just does it.

After completing a certification course through the Georgia High School Association, which taught him the principles of coaching as well as a first aid refresher course, Coleman was officially approved as a volunteer coach.

“I didn’t realize how much I missed that until our first game,” said Coleman. “I missed the atmosphere and the competition. During the game I got butterflies and felt like I was about to step out on the mat again. I feel their excitement when they win and their disappointment when they lose.

Coleman currently volunteers 20 to 30 hours per week coaching and mentoring athletes. He usually goes straight to practice after work and sometimes has to get up as early as three in the morning to get to a game. His love for the sport and his newfound passion for training is what keeps him going.

“Household Master Coleman goes beyond games and practices to make sure we are filling the gaps in children’s wrestling learning,” said Garner. “He wants to be in their corner. When the kids come off the mat in a match, I usually roll into another match with one of our other wrestlers. He then takes them aside and tells them what they have done right and what they can improve. If he’s not there, they notice him. This is because he bonded with them individually and not just through wrestling but also by setting goals after high school.

Coleman strives to help each individual unlock their potential and maximize their growth on and off the mat. He uses his passion for a sport to connect with wrestlers and devotes his time off to mentor and guide them to success.

“Watching the kids improve not only as wrestlers but also as young men and women is rewarding,” said Coleman. “I coach because I want to be able to teach young men and women how to overcome adversity in their lives, hold their heads up, learn from their mistakes and keep moving forward. Hard work will always pay off in the end. I remembered the impact my coaches had on me and I am happy to be able to carry forward.
NTAG Atlanta leadership encourages Sailors to get involved in their community to help build recruiting relationships, foster positive community bonds and volunteer where the skills of Sailors can make a difference.
NTAG Atlanta’s area of ​​responsibility includes more than 35 Navy recruiting stations and Navy officer recruiting stations spanning 82,000 square miles in Georgia, Alabama, and parts of Florida.

Navy Recruiting Command consists of a command headquarters, three Navy recruiting regions, 26 NTAGs, and 64 Talent Acquisition Integration Centers that serve more than 1,000 recruiting stations around the world. . Their mission is to attract the highest quality candidates to ensure the continued success of the United States Navy.

For more information on the Commander of Navy Recruiting Command, visit Follow Navy Recruiting on Facebook (, Twitter (@USNRecruiter), and Instagram (@USNRecruiter).

Date taken: 07/01/2022
Date posted: 01.09.2022 15:27
Story ID: 412638
Site: SMYRNA, Georgia, United States

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