Coach Chris Weller, the founder of THRiVE Athletics, is a nationally accredited interscholastic coach and has been instrumental in the success of athletic programs in Northwest Arkansas and Kansas. Chris’ impact on children and young adults in NWA is insurmountable. Most notably, he has trained a multitude of athletes who have competed at the state level, and won state championships. He has been the founder or head coach of over 5 successful non profit/school programs including the sports of wrestling, track and field, cross country, golf, basketball. He has continued to grow involvement numbers in all programs he has been apart of. His most notable contributions are to Bentonville Wrestling Club; growing the club from 6 athletes to over 90 in 3 years changing wrestling in NWA, and to Northwest Arkansas Classical Academy school's division 1A athletic program. Coach Weller grew the 7-12th grades to involve 125 athletes with a total number of 175 students attending the school, and accumulated 24 all state athletes, 2 state championships, 1 runner up, and 6 junior high and high school conference titles in 4 years under an academic based administration.
Most importantly, his personal philosophy runs deep and is authentic. This philosophy has impacted hundreds of athletes and developed their leadership, perseverance, integrity, ability to handle adversity, and personal accountability – tools needed to develop successful adults. This philosophy is echoed throughout every practice, every meet, and one on one.
Coach Weller has influenced children, who would otherwise not be involved, to join wrestling, cross-country, and track and field teams.
Chris has coached many students who went on to obtain intercollegiate scholarships, and one All American at the NAIA level in wrestling. However, his main goal is to strengthen the mind, increase the kids’ confidence in addition to developing a strong body, and ensuring that proper conditioning techniques are followed to prevent injury.
He is dedicated to building the character of children and giving them an amazing opportunity to be involved in sports, grow and THRiVE.
1. Build the whole athlete through all dimensions. 2. Provide affordable opportunities for all! 3. Be a WELL ROUNDED YEAR LONG ATHLETE in a variety of sports. 4. Prevent injury by building strength and knowledge of movement. 5. FIND YOUR TRUE POTENTIAL