Faces of Fauquier: Coach develops young wrestlers
“I love that scene,” Jeff Budd says of the vista from Ashby Gap at Paris.
There’s really no sport like wrestling. You are out there by yourself and you can’t blame a teammate for what happens. You have to rely on skills you have learned. It’s a character building sport. It builds mental toughness.
He has helped prepare dozens of local athletes for successful high school wrestling careers.
Jeff Budd, volunteer assistant coach for the Fauquier Warhawks, a non-profit wrestling club for athletes 15 and younger, instructs with passion and experience.
“There’s really no sport like wrestling,” Mr. Budd said. “You are out there by yourself, and you can’t blame a teammate for what happens. You have to rely on skills you have learned."
“It’s a character building sport. It builds mental toughness.”
The afterschool club serves as a feeder program to prepare youth for the very successful program at Fauquier High School, which just won its first state team title in the sport.
Club members practice in the wrestling room at FHS three days a week and regularly travel as far as Delaware and New Jersey for tournaments.
Involved with the sport since the eighth grade, Mr. Budd wrestled at FHS. His history and love of the sport inspired him to coach the next generation.
“When you coach a little kid and see him execute the move on the mat, the experience is overwhelming,” he said.
The Fauquier native has witnessed many changes in the county over the last three years, but he still loves his community.
“It’s beautiful. You could live in another state, but we have all four seasons here. My grandparents and parents grew up in Fauquier,” he said.
Fauquier High School will host the Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Association competition this Saturday and Sunday, starting at 9 a.m. each day.
Volunteer wrestling coach for the Fauquier Warhawks at Fauquier High School since 2010. The club acts as a feeder program for the jayvee and varsity teams at FHS. Athletes 15 and younger can participate in the Warhawks club.
He previously served as head coach of the Patriots, the beginner level team of the Warhawks, for 10 years.
He has owned and operated Buddworks LLC, a handyman and property management business in Washington, D.C., for 13 years.
• Why do you do the job?
When you coach a little kid and see him execute the move on the mat, the experience is overwhelming. There’s really no sport like wrestling. You are out there by yourself and you can’t blame a teammate for what happens. You have to rely on skills you have learned. It’s a character building sport. It builds mental toughness. It’s a very satisfying sport. You get out of it what you put in it. Wrestling is like a big family.
Wife, Cheryl; children, Tyler, Hannah and Kyle.
I’m the youngest of six siblings.
Fauquier High School, 1989.
• How long have you lived in Fauquier?
All my life, 44 years.
• Why do you live here?
I love it. It’s beautiful. You could live in another state, but we have all four seasons here. My grandparents and parents grew up in Fauquier. My mom was from Orlean, and my dad was a Marshall boy.
• How do you describe this county?
Rapidly growing. I’ve seen it quadruple in size. We went from one shopping center and it exploded. It’s changed so much. I’m not going to say better or worse, but it’s different than 30 years ago.
• What would you change about Fauquier?
Nothing. I like it the way it is. Go back about 20 years, when it was a little smaller.
• What do you do for fun?
I love to hunt and ride ATVs in West Virginia.
• What’s your favorite place in Fauquier?
Coming off Route 17 near Route 50 as you come down that hill by Sky Meadows State Park (at Paris). I love that scene.
• What will Fauquier be like in 10 years?
Obviously, there will be more people. I think they will have to start tearing down old buildings and put up new ones.
• Favorite TV show?
• Favorite movie?
Anything with Clint Eastwood, John Wayne or Mel Gibson. “Grown Ups” was a good movie.
• Favorite book?
The Harry Potter series.
• Favorite vacation spot?
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Luray. We camp all over the country.
• Favorite food?
Girl Scout cookies — Thin Mints!
• What is the best advice you have ever received? From whom?
My grandfather told me, “Advice is free. Listen to all of it and then do what you want to do.”
• Who’s your hero and why?
My dad. He was a straight shooter. He would give you the advice you needed and the space if you needed it. He was a great guy.
• What would you do if you won $1 million in the lottery?
Stop driving to D.C. and definitely quit my job. I like my job, but not that much. Buy a beach house in Nags Head.
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tffirestone · March 17, 2015 at 2:43 pm
We need more mentors like Jeff Budd for the youth in Fauquier county.
He is a stand up guy.
Great job Jeff and keep up the good work!
nyfan29 · March 12, 2015 at 9:03 pm
Great person and coach. He has coached my 7yoa son for 3 years. The Fauquier wrestling program has been extremely successful and it starts with coaches like Coach Budd. Great article. Thanks!
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