Steve Buddie Named National Rookie Coach of the Year

June 12, 2002

Stanford, Calif. - In the June issue of Amateur Wrestling News, Stanford Wrestling's first-year head coach, Steve Buddie, was named 'National Rookie Coach of the Year.' Buddie took over the Stanford Wrestling program, which owned a 4-9 dual record in 2000-01, last September and led the squad to a 10-9 finish this season. The Cardinal also qualified four wrestlers for the NCAA Championships in his first season after having none in the previous year.

Buddie was an All-American and Pacific-10 Conference champion at 167 pounds at Stanford, and served as Stanford's top assistant for three years before being promoted this year to the head coaching position.

'This is an exciting and unexpected honor,' commented Buddie. 'We have a coaching staff and team that truly believe we are building something special here. This honor is to be shared with all of the wrestlers and coaches who worked so hard this year in putting together a memorable season. I am confident that this season wasjust the beginning of greater things to come.'

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