STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Maryland wrestling head coach Kerry McCoy was among eight Penn State alumni to receive the university's Distinguished Alumni Award on Saturday.
Established by the Penn State Board of Trustees in 1951, the Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honor that The Pennsylvania State University presents to an outstanding alumna or alumnus. The award recognizes the achievements of outstanding alumni whose “personal lives, professional achievements, and community service exemplify the objectives of their alma mater.”
"I'm truly honored and humbled to be recognized with this award," McCoy said. "It is awesome to be included with this incredible group of alumni and this is a special honor I will cherish for the rest of my life."
McCoy spent his collegiate wrestling career with the Nittany Lions and posted a record of 150-18 in his four seasons. He captured a pair of NCAA Championships in 1994 and 1997 and won three Big Ten titles. After going 19-17 in his first 36 matches at Penn State, McCoy lost just once in his final 132 with an 88-match winning streak.
A three-time All-American, McCoy was named the Penn State Athlete of the Year and the Nittany Lions' Wrestler of the Year in 1994 and 1997 while being tabbed the 1997 Hodge Award winner as W.I.N. Magazine's Wrestler of the Year. He also earned a degree in marketing from the Smeal College of Business in 1997.
McCoy was also the Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Wrestler in 1995, and has the second-most single season (47) and career (150) victories in Penn State history. He has also wrestled in the second-most matches (168) in program history and has the second-most dual meet victories in a Nittany Lion singlet.
The New York native has the most wins in a sophmore season for any Penn State wrestler after his 47-0 campaign in the 1993-94 season. He also posted a 41-0 record in the 1996-97 season.
McCoy was also a two-time Olympian for the United States and took fifth place at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia, and seventh in 2004 in Athens. He also won five straight U.S. National Freestyle Wrestling Championships from 2000 to 2004.
He was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2014.
"Coach McCoy has accomplished so much within the sport of wrestling and throughout his professional coaching career since his days as a Penn State student-athlete," sport administrator and Assistant Athletic Director Mark Sherburne said. "All of us here at Maryland are excited for him and proud that he is being recognized by Penn State as a 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. It is a well deserved honor and a testament to his character and work ethic."