June 8, 2020
The California Olympic Regional Training Center announces the hiring of two-time Olympian and National Wrestling Hall of Fame member Kerry McCoy as its Executive Director and Head Coach.
It will be McCoy’s second stint in Palo Alto as he was the head coach at Stanford University for three seasons, prior to serving in the same role at the University of Maryland from 2008-19.
“The California Olympic Regional Training Center is committed to creating a world class organization that will produce world and Olympic champions,” said California RTC Director Will Anderson. “Kerry is one of the very best Freestyle coaches in the country and has also had a lot of success coaching Greco. Under his guidance, we will soon become one of the top RTCs in the country. Expect many more announcements of top American wrestlers joining the California RTC in the near future.”
McCoy brings a wealth of experience to the California RTC as both an athlete and a coach. A two-time NCAA champion at Penn State and the 1997 winner of the Hodge Trophy, he is a nine-time national team member. His coaching pedigree includes additional collegiate stops at Penn State and Lehigh, and international success on the junior and senior levels in both Freestyle and Greco-Roman.
“I am very excited to join the California RTC. California has a great wrestling tradition at every level,” said McCoy. “I am grateful for the opportunity to continue to serve the wrestling community at every level as they strive to reach their full potential on and off the mat.”
McCoy served as a coach for Team USA at the 2006 and 2007 Senior World Championships, and the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. From 2015-20, he has coached Team USA at the Pan American Games at the Cadet, Junior and Senior levels.
McCoy’s senior level athletic accomplishments include representing the United States in the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games, placing fifth and seventh, respectively. He is a 2003 World silver medalist and a five-time U.S. Open champion.
“My goal has always been to have a positive impact on the most people possible,” added McCoy. “I truly believe this will give me an opportunity to reach a wide variety of people in a meaningful way.
“I am especially thankful to the RTC leadership for allowing me to be a part of something special.”
McCoy was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame as a distinguished member in the Class of 2014. He currently serves as Secretary on USA Wrestling’s Board of Directors and its Executive Committee.