First-year Hopkinsville wrestling coach Scott Seaman has been around the sport of wrestling for 15 years. His older and younger brothers both wrestled as well, making it a rite of passage in the Seaman household.

Seaman first began wrestling at Mt. Juliet Middle School and then Mt. Juliet High School in Tennessee where he went to three regional finals, winning two championships, finishing as the state runner-up twice and was on the 2010 Mt. Juliet High School team that made it to the TSSAA State semifinals.

Before becoming a head coach, Seaman helped coach at Wilson Central and Oakland High School in Tennessee.

Besides the coaching vacancy, Seaman’s passion for education is what brought him to Hopkinsville, adding that his teaching and coaching position each, “fit like a glove”.

Even though Seaman just took over at the helm for the Tigers in August, development is already his primary focus moving forward with the Hoptown program.

“I’d like to get a middle school program,” Seaman said. “I have some middle schoolers on the high school team, but that’s because there’s really nothing else offered. Right now we have a few first-year wrestlers that are freshman. That’s something I’d really like to get going and my number one focus right now because if they get better then we get better.”

Zlatko Skuljan won the Region 1 Championship in the 152-pound class a season ago while also making it to the KHSAA State Wrestling Tournament quarterfinals. Seaman shared what makes Skuljan such a good wrestler and how he has developed as a leader heading into his junior campaign.

“Skuljan is a good kid,” Seaman said. “He really likes to be active. He’s in cross-country and he does some MMA (mixed-martial-arts) on the side as well. He’s dedicated to making himself better and should probably win the region again this year.”

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