McCoy Named Finalist for U.S. Olympic Team Freestyle Coaching Position

Oct. 31, 2007

Stanford, Calif. - Stanford Head Wrestling Coach Kerry McCoy was one of five finalists for a coaching position with the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team, as announced by USA Wrestling's Freestyle Coach Selection Committee this week.

McCoy joined Sean Bormet, Mike Duroe, Lee Kemp and Lou Rosselli as the five finalists. Two of the five volunteer coaches will be selected to serve on the coaching staff at the Beijing Games, along with USA Wrestling's National Freestyle Coach Kevin Jackson.

McCoy is one of three finalists to have served as official Freestyle World Team Coaches at recent World Championships, having coached the team earlier this year. He is also one of two finalists who coached with the 2007 Pan American Games team and one of three who were members of past U.S. Olympic teams as athletes.

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.

All five finalists will be given a formal telephone interview with the Freestyle Coach Selection Committee. After the interview process, the Freestyle Coach Selection Committee will select the two coaches which the committee recommends for the Olympic coaching positions.

USA Wrestling's Executive Committee will then meet to approve the selections of the Freestyle Coach Selection Committee. The decision of the Executive Committee will be forwarded to the U.S. Olympic Committee for final approval as USA Wrestling's nominees for the Olympic Coach positions.

USA Wrestling expects its Olympic Coach selection process to be completed by mid-November.

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