McCoy Named to U.S. Olympic Freestyle Coaching Staff

Nov. 15, 2007

Stanford, Calif. - Stanford Head Coach Kerry McCoy has been selected to coach the 2008 U.S. Olympic Freestyle Team announced USA Wrestling yesterday. McCoy joins Lee Kemp and USA Wrestling National Freestyle Coach Kevin Jackson on the 2008 staff.

Five finalists were interviewed by the USA Wrestling Freestyle Coach Selection Committee, which selected Kemp and McCoy as its choices to join Jackson as nominees. USA Wrestling's Executive Committee approved these selections. The nominees will now be forwarded to the U.S. Olympic Committee for final approval.

The other three finalists were Sean Bormet of Naperville, Ill., Mike Duroe of Iowa City, Iowa and Lou Rosselli of Columbus, Ohio.

McCoy served as a 2007 U.S. World Team Coach, helping lead the United States to a fourth place finish, led by World bronze medalist Daniel Cormier. McCoy was also a coach with the 2007 Pan American Games team, which won seven medals, led by champion Henry Cejudo.

McCoy was a member of the coaching staff for the 2006 U.S. Freestyle World Team, which placed third in the World Championships in Guangzhou, China. He has coached numerous nationally-ranked men's freestyle wrestlers in recent years.

McCoy was a member of the 2000 and 2004 U.S. Olympic freestyle wrestling teams, placing fifth at the 2000 Games in Sydney, Australia and seventh at the 2004 Games in Athens, Greece, competing at super heavyweight. He was a 2003 World silver medalist, and placed fourth at the 1998 and 2001 World meets. McCoy won gold medals at the 2003 Pan American Games and won the World Cup four times (1999-2002). He was second at the 1998 Goodwill Games, and won the Pan American Championships twice.

He won the U.S. National championships five straight years (2000-2004), and placed second on two occasions (1996, 1997). McCoy was also a 1992 Junior World champion, and placed seventh in the 1993 Espoir World Championships. He competed for the New York AC.

McCoy won two NCAA titles for Penn State Univ. (1994, 1997) and placed third in the 1995 NCAA Championships. He received the Hodge Award in 1997 as the college wrestler of the year. McCoy won 131 of his last 132 matches in college, including an 88-match win streak.

He served as Chairperson of the NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and was also the President of Penn State's Student-Athlete Advisory Board. McCoy has also served on Athlete Advisory Committees for the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Wrestling.

A native of Middle Island, N.Y., McCoy was a New York state champion for Longwood High School in 1992 and was a state runner-up in 1991.

'I am very honored and excited to be selected for this position,' said McCoy. 'We have the potential to do very well as a country at the Olympics. Whoever makes this Olympic team will be ready to win, in every weight class. I have total confidence in saying that we can win. I have seen the plan that Kevin Jackson has put into place. We believe in it. We need a level of commitment from the athletes to make it work. As coaches, we need to help them to stay on course. Once the team is set, we will take the training from where the athletes left off.'

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