Growing up in Southern California Richard Rios formed his first wrestling team inside of a garage at just 15 years old. As a high school athlete, Rios was a four-year Captain. He won the CIF Individual Championship and helped lead his squad to a CIF Team Championship title.
Rios advanced his education and wrestling career by earning a scholarship to Dakota Wesleyan University. His leadership qualities solidified him as a four-year Team Captain during his time spent in South Dakota. Rios was a career 133 pounder. During his four years of being a student-athlete, Coach Rios was a member of the National Wrestling Coaches Association's All-Academic Team, an All-Conference First Team Member, and a GPAC Wrestler of The Week. Additionally, he earned All-American honors and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts.
SLAM Academy is the reason Coach Rios moved to Nevada. He has coached this club since the establishment in 2016.
Coach Jose wrestled while he was in Colorado. He then moved to Las Vegas in 2006 and has been coaching youth wrestling for the last 7 years. This is his second season with Slam. He loves coaching and teaching the core fundamentals of wrestling. His style of wresting is aggressive and executing wrestling techniques with high physical velocity. Coach Jose has noted the reason why he coaches is so he has the opportunity to make a difference in someone's life and to help kids see their true potential.