IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Hawkeye Wrestling Club announced Monday that Forrest Molinari is the recipient of the inaugural Rob McReynolds Passion Award. McReynolds presented the award to Molinari on Monday inside the Dan Gable Wrestling Complex.
Named for a man who has epitomized the definition of passion throughout his life, the Rob McReynolds Passion Award will be presented annually to a member of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club community who best displays the characteristics that have defined Rob McReynolds’ life as a husband, father, friend, athlete, coach, mentor and businessman. Those characteristics include directing endless energy toward achieving a desired outcome, inspiring others to achieve their highest potential, and providing loving support and compassion for those around him. Eligible recipients include club athletes, club coaches/staff, fans and supporters.
“I’m honored to be the first one to receive the award,” Molinari said. “I feel like I’m supposed to set a standard being the first recipient and it’s an honor that people feel I can set that standard. We heard Rob’s story today and he is a phenomenal person. It is very special and I’m very honored, it’s really all I can say.”
Molinari will represent Team USA and the HWC at the World Championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, in September. She is the 65 kg representative on the women’s freestyle team.
“It is so amazing how the movement with the women in the room has changed the dynamics,” McReynolds said. “Right now they are the face of the club and they are only going to get better. Their passion to want to be in the room has been amazing. Forrest is mentally tough. She has found out the sport is a hell of a lot more fun when you can beat them upstairs just as bad as you can beat them physically.”
About Rob McReynolds:
Born in Dodgeville, Wisconsin, Rob McReynolds moved to the Hawkeye State with his family in 1964. He graduated from DeWitt Central High School in 1977, lettering as a three-sport athlete in baseball, football, and wrestling. Rob excelled in wrestling and set the school single-season record with 31 wins in 1977. He did not win the Iowa State Wrestling Tournament and ironically, this disappointment became a driving force for many things he did over the next thirty years.
After their marriage in 1981, Rob and his wife, Barb moved to Colorado. There, he began his 36-year career in the roofing business. He purchased D&D Roofing Inc. in 1997. With enthusiasm, trust, and hard work, he built an incredible customer base. He was committed to keeping his customers happy, and every employee was aware of this priority. In addition, the company won job workmanship awards from the Colorado Roofing Association (CRA) for 15 consecutive years. Nationally, D&D Roofing ranked as high as 16th based on total sales volume and they consistently finished in the top 40 in the U.S. In 2014, D&D Roofing won the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) prestigious Gold Circle Award for the job of the year.
During his career in roofing, Rob held many leadership roles for both the CRA and the NRCA. In the roofing industry, it was well known that Rob raised the bar for roofing contractor standards. Starting in 2003, he worked on over 19 different committees for the NRCA for 10 years. He was the president of the National Roofing Legal Resource Center in 2008. Rob also served as a director for the NRCA from 2003 to 2007 and was later promoted to vice president of the NRCA Executive Board from 2009 to 2011. Rob was the president of the CRA in 2004. In 2013, Rob won the Lifetime Achievement Award from the CRA. Rob sold D&D Roofing Inc. in January of 2016 and managed the transition for the new owners for two years until retiring in January of 2018.
A loving husband and father, Rob and his wife raised two daughters. As a family, they suffered the loss of a three-month old son who died of SIDS in 1987. Without a doubt, Rob was devastated. He found an outlet to ease his pain through coaching High School wrestling in Colorado. Those who wrestled for him knew that Coach McReynolds required dedication and commitment, but they also recognized that he sincerely cared to make them better at their sport and outstanding young men. He coached for a span of 10 years through 1996. The pinnacle of Rob’s coaching career came from 1993 through 1995. For those three consecutive years, Rob coached the wrestler of the year in the state of Colorado. Those three wrestlers had a combined record of 107 wins with zero losses. Rob also coached a Colorado Cadet and Junior National team from 1992 to 1995.
Rob is passionate about everything he does in life and is known for his high energy, drive, and determination. An avid Hawkeye wrestling fan, Rob is a board member of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club. He has attended 34 NCAA wrestling tournaments and been a member of the National Wrestling Coaches Association for 25 years.
About the Hawkeye Wrestling Club:
Since its inception in 1973, the focus of Hawkeye Wrestling Club has been to provide the training, coaching and resources necessary to help our athletes pursue their dreams of becoming World and Olympic Champions. The money raised through the HWC goes directly to benefit the athletes helping with living expenses, training and traveling needs. Maybe the most important aspect of the HWC is its pursuit in trying to get the best post-collegiate athletes to train with the HWC together in Iowa City to attain the ultimate prize in wrestling… World and Olympic gold medals.