One of My Passions | Wrestling



Anyone who knows me well, knows that I LOVE coaching.
I have been coaching in some form or another since I was around 17-years old.
I currently coach high school Wrestling and high school Swimming.

I may be just a little bit biased, but I truly believe that these are two of the hardest sports in high school athletics.

First, not everyone knows how to swim, and there are so many people who are absolutely terrified of even attempting to learn how to swim.  Additionally, swimming is one of those sports where you have to become comfortable with NOT being able to breathe anytime you want to, or NEED to breathe.

However, Wrestlers are a completely different breed of student-athletes.
It takes some real DISCIPLINE & DEDICATION to successfully complete a high school wrestling season.

To begin with, the conditioning that is involved in wrestling is enough to make many student-athletes quit mid-season, if not earlier.  Many student-athletes are, simply, shocked when they decide to “try” wrestling for the first time.

There is no middle ground when it comes to wrestling.
You either embrace & learn to love the Grind, or you hate it with a passion.  Only the dedicated with strong mental fortitude are able to make it to the end of wrestling season, & EARN the right to be recognized as a WRESTLER.

One of the hardest things to embrace when it comes to high school wrestling is the necessity to “make weight“.

Besides the fact that wrestling is based on weight classes, it also happens to be a long season.  Here in Florida, wrestling season usually begins at the end of October or the beginning of November, and goes all the way until the first weekend in March – culminating with the State Championships.

If you look at the season, you will notice that it covers all of the major “eating” holidays.

  • Halloween
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas
  • Hanukkah
  • Kwanzaa
  • New Year’s Eve/Day
  • Valentine’s Day
  • and, any birthdays in between those months

High school wrestlers have to be disciplined enough to stay on weight & watch what they eat – all while their close family and friends enjoy foods that they, most likely, cannot consume themselves.

These are young boys and girls, between the ages of 14 – 18 (on average), who need to have more discipline and dedication than most adults twice their age.

I hope you enjoy some of the highlights from one of our recent tournaments.

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Quick Q&A Session with Coach Pabon


In this second installment of my new vlog, I answer some common questions that my students and/or athletes ask me year after year.  Sometimes these questions will be very basic such as:

  • How old are you?
  • Are you married?
  • How many kids do you have?
  • etc.

At other times, the questions are more inquisitive such as:

  • If I join the military, which branch is better?
  • Why did you become a teacher?
  • Have you ever done any drugs?

Sometimes, the questions can be a little too inquisitive, & I find myself having to redirect questions such as:

  • How old were you when you lost your virginity?

Check out which questions I answered in this episode.

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Coach Pabon’s Youtube Vlog


I decided to start doing a VLOG just to capture different moments throughout the year.

As of right now, the plan is to upload a weekly VLOG.
As I get more comfortable in editing my videos, I may increase the frequency of my uploads.  We’ll see.

Follow along on my journey of weekly vlogging as a husband, father, son, uncle, cousin, coach, educator, and all around good human being.

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Coach Pabon was a successful Cyber Threat/Intel Analyst w/in the U.S. Intel Community.
(8-yrs U.S. Navy veteran | U.S. Army Intel as a civilian)

Coach Pabon is now an educator at a local public HS. He has taught Digital Design, U.S. History, and Self-Defense for JROTC cadets.
He now teaches AVID elective classes, as well as Freshmen Success classes.

He used to be a Conditioning Coach for the HS baseball team. He is now the Head Coach for Boy’s Swimming & Wrestling.
Coach Pabon will be transitioning his pursuit of a Master’s degree in Educational & Instructional Technology to Education Leadership.


To mentor, encourage, and provide the thought process necessary to enable individuals to push beyond perceived limits.
To empower the entrepreneurial spirit within each individual by providing an opportunity of limitless possibilities.

To partner with like-minded individuals who want to take control of their future & live life on their own terms.

High School is Easy

No, Really It Is …

Get full credit on the easy activities — By submitting them ON TIME!
Don’t take a zero in the grade book on assignments/activities for which you should be, easily, earning full credit.  That’s just redunculous! (this is a real word – check here)

What Are These “Easy” Activities?

Listen, most schools have some version of the following three activities (four in some cases) that are used for grades.

  1. Bell work / Bell ringer
  2. Class work
  3. Home work
  4. Uniform (if required)

Explain Further Coach

Well, you should just watch the video for the explanation, but here is the premise.

Bell work / Bell ringers

These are those assignments that most teachers have right at the beginning of class.  They, usually, are short (maybe 5-10 minutes), and are meant to be done while the teacher takes attendance, checks homework, hands out papers, etc.

All students should earn whatever maximum credit is possible for these assignments.
Most of the time, you just have to get it done on time.

Class work

I really shouldn’t have to explain this.  Just participate and do the work.  Again, all students should be earning maximum points here.  This grade is usually based on honest effort, maximum participation, and timely completion.  It really is that simple.

Home work

Ok.  Here is one set of assignments where you, sometimes, might not earn the full amount of credit — IF you get some wrong answers.  However, you have to at least do the work.  You have to show that you made a legitimate attempt to complete whatever work was assigned.  Even if you get stuck, at least do everything up to the point where you get confused.  Show all of your work, and maybe even write down your thoughts in attempting to complete the work.

Uniform (If Required)

Look …
This is THE MOST unacceptable thing to take a zero on.
I’m not even joking.

If you have some kind of PE (physical education) class that has some kind of “uniform requirement” — wear it.  Whatever that requirement is — just wear it.  I mean, don’t be silly.

The fact is that taking a zero on any of these things is an act of Stupidity; not to be confused with ignorance.  They are two completely different things, but that is a topic for another day, and another video.

Teachers Talking | Mr. Bland & Coach Pabon | Controlling Your Digital Footprint

Digital Content is King

Welcome to the 21st Century – where a video recorded in high definition via a mobile device may be uploaded and shared to Youtube, Facebook, Instagram, etc. in just a matter of minutes – if not seconds.

Now, these videos may be anything from a surprise birthday party, service member returning home from deployment, an engagement proposal to a fight at school.

Either way, the speed with which video may be shared with anyone who has access to the internet is incredible when you really take a moment to think about that.

Now, for all of the positive scenarios of sharing video, that may, very well, be a good thing.  However, when considering the negative instances of sharing video, educational institutions need a positive way to control the “spin” factor, as well as, the associated positive/negative reputation that develops from this kind of exposure.

Control Your Digital Footprint

Your “Digital Footprint” is anywhere that information about you, or your organization/company, can be located digitally — especially via the interwebs.  It is important to understand how wide of a digital footprint you generate.  Then, you need to take steps to control your digital footprint.

From an individual viewpoint, this could be as simple as not creating any online accounts.
Or, is it really that simple?  If you don’t have any online accounts, does that prevent someone else from posting an image and/or video(s) where you are “tagged”?

You see …
Not participating in the digital/information age is not really a solution — especially from the viewpoint of a company or an organization.

It is more important to positively interact with and engage with the consumers of your product, service, or information.  Additionally, it would probably be in your best interest to control your digital footprint in the same spaces as the consumers with whom you interact (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Youtube, etc.).

This is becoming more and more important for schools across the nation.
The education world tends to be slow in adopting technological advances – including forms of communication.

In the end, it is more important to be proactive and to take action to ensure that the message you want disseminated throughout the interwebs is actually what is getting promulgated.

Teachers Talking | Mr. Bland & Coach Pabon | Book of Bland

We Should All Write A Book

No, seriously.
I believe we all should write some kind of book.
Everybody has something inside of them to contribute to the world around them.

There are those small things that we found ourselves repeating time and time again.
Maybe it’s some kind of quality advice.
Maybe it’s a step-by-step process for doing some kind of task.

  • Achieving a certain kind of style or look with make-up
  • Different way to perform various maintenance requirements for your vehicle(s)
  • Life lessons and how to capitalize on opportunities that stem from “mistakes”

The point that I’m making is that we all have something of value to share.  Maybe it won’t be a book that turns into the next block-buster movie event of the Summer, but who knows?  Maybe it will.

Either way, why not take a chance and just go for it.
I like Mr. Bland’s idea for a book, and I actually think he should write a book.

If you know who Mr. Bland is, and even if you don’t, you should encourage him to follow through with this idea & publish this book.

His youtube channel is: Mr. Bland
You can go subscribe & leave him a comment to get started on his “Book of Bland”.

While you’re at it, I would be most appreciative if you subscribed to my channel:
Coach Pabon.

Coach Pabon | What Are You Doing?

Negative Nannies

Wassup everybody? Coach Pabon comin’ at you.
Listen – negativity is part of life. I get it.
But, for too many people it has become auto-freakin-matic.

Randomly ask anyone in passing at work, at school, or even at home, “Hey, how’s it going?” Many people will give you some kind of negative response:

  • Ohhhh – I’m really dragging today …
  • Same crap – different day!
  • Is it Friday yet?

And, a host of other negative responses, generally speaking.


Along this thought process is criticism.
Without having to go into a prolonged thesis, criticism comes in two flavors.

  • Destructive Criticism
  • Constructive Criticism

Generally speaking, criticizing someone or something, in and of itself, is not a bad thing if done properly and for the correct reason.

Are you employing destructive criticism for the sole purpose of being heard, somehow feeling you have some power over the person/thing you are criticizing, or because you are still holding on to a grudge?

If so, allow me to suggest that you may benefit from some self-evaluation.

  • Why are you feeling so slighted?
  • What part did you have to play in your negative experience?
  • Are you just throwing a tantrum?

Constructive criticism should aim to improve someone or something. What you found wrong should be quantifiable and specific.  There should be some tangible suggestions being made about how to change and/or improve what is wrong.

Solutions | Choices

One quick solution here is to be the example. Be the change that others should follow.  I sometimes stop people dead in their tracks, because for several years my response is one of general positivity.

It’s very rare to hear someone say something like:

  • I feel GREAT – how about you?
  • Things are really Freakin’ AWESOME right now!
  • Yo – I’m EXCITED – I’ve never been better!

Life is about choices & sometimes we have to make a concerted effort to choose the positive route.

Which path will you choose?