About the Coaches

About Coach BestAbout Coach Best:

Coach Best has been coaching for over 20 years, and has coached more than 35 wrestlers who have or who are competing in college. He has coached 198 state qualifiers, 152 high school state placers in Oklahoma and Texas, 58 of which were state champions. 9 of those champions have also received the Most Outstanding Wrestler award for the State Championship. He has coached teams to 9 state dual team championships and 12 consecutive Boys UIL team state championships. Coach Best coached Allen’s girls team to their first UIL State Championship in 2020 as well. Over his career, Coach Best has a dual record of 319-77 and has received numerous honors for his coaching and overall impact on the wrestling community.  Coach Best was named the Regional Coach of the Year in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2018, 2019, and 2020. He received Texas State High School Coach of the Year honors in 2009 & 2011, as well as 2013 NWCA Texas CoY and Region 6 National CoY, as well as 2014 NFHS Texas CoY and 2014 NFHS Section 6 National CoY.

Jerry Best has also coached 126+ age group USA All-Americans or National Champions in folkstyle, freestyle and Greco. This includes 3 Cadet World Freestyle members, 1 Junior World Freestyle member, 1 University World Freestlye member, and 2 Cadet Womens World Team member. In the last few years, he has led 233 wrestlers to state placing finishes with 100 TX State Champs, 67 National Champions, 6 Trinity Award Winners, 5 World of Wrestling Wrestlers of the Year and 5 Triple Crown Winners.

  • Head Coach, Allen High School
  • 4x Oklahoma High School State Champion, Undefeated
  • 3x NCAA II National Champion
  • Espoir National Freestyle Champion
  • Graduate Assistant Coach – University of Central Oklahoma
  • Bachelors of Science degree, and Masters in Educational Leadership

Donny Whitted

Coach Whitted joined Best Trained after spending the better part of the last decade coaching his own very successful club. Coach Whitted is an experienced wrestler and accomplished coach who prides himself on developing young wrestlers for the challenges they will face both on and off the mat. Coached Whitted also brings a wealth of experience coaching and managing dual teams as he has become known for taking very competitive Texas based teams to some of the biggest dual tournaments in the country.

  • 20 years’ experience wrestling and coaching
  • Head coach Whitted Trained Wrestling Club 2014-2021
  • Coached NHSCA champion
  • Coached multiple state and national champion wrestlers

4 thoughts on “About the Coaches

  1. We have just moved into the area. My son is interested in learning how to wrestle. He is 8 and has no previous experience. Can you email me in regards on what you have to offer and the best route we should go.


  2. I am interested in signing up my 6 year for the 2019-2020 school year. Is there any information out yet?

    1. Information for folk youth program will be posted around early August. Follow @BestTrained on Twitter for updates.

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