| A Message From Head Coach Kris Hayward ...
Hello Parents and Guardians,
I'd like to take this opportunity to talk to you about the Fort Myers Riverdale wrestling program and to encourage your son to participate in the sport of wrestling.
Wrestling builds a strong character, and teaches self-discipline, self-confidence, humility and perseverance. It is a sport for youngsters of all body shapes and sizes; a rewarding sport that provides them with opportunities to be individually successful, while competing on a team.
The Fort Myers Riverdale wrestling program is one of the premier sports programs in Southwest Florida. In the past 42 years, Riverdale has won 2 state championships, and multiple conference, district, and regional championships. We've had 21 individual state champions, 72 state place winners, 6 High School All-Americans, and one 2x College All-American. We are proud of our accomplishments on and off the mat, as our wrestlers have attended numerous colleges and universities such as The 'U' of Florida, Florida State, Miami, Georgia Tech, Central Michigan, Stanford, and The Naval Academy. We have alumni who are lawyers, doctors, teachers, coaches, business leaders, serve in the military, and are successful in many other professions. I believe wrestling helps turn young men into leaders. And I would love to see your son become an integral part of our youth or high school programs.
Thank you for your time and consideration. It's a great time to be a wrestling Raider!