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Kerry McCoy
Position: Head Coach
Alma Mater: Penn State (1997)
Experience: 6 Years
Email: mccoy@umd.edu
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Kerry McCoy became head coach for the University of Maryland wrestling program on May 12, 2008.

Since then, the former All-American and Olympic wrestler has taken the program to new heights, guiding the Terps to three top-20 finishes at the NCAA Championships, three ACC titles and coaching six Terps to All-America status, while being named ACC Coach of the Year three times.

McCoy, the 2012 University of Maryland Male Coach of the Year, and the Terps compiled a 15-1 dual-meet record in 2011-12 and a school record .938 winning percentage culminating with the program's second consecutive ACC championship and third ACC Coach of the Year award for McCoy. Under McCoy's leadership, the Terps sent seven wrestlers to the NCAA Championships, which was the most since 1990.

McCoy guided four Terps to ACC titles and helped Josh Asper achieve All-America status for a second consecutive year. Christian Boley (197), Kyle John (157), Spencer Myers (285) and Jimmy Sheptock (174) all won conference championships in 2012 as the Terps placed a league-high seven wrestlers in the finals at the ACC Championships.

In 2010-11, McCoy led the Terps to their second ACC Championship in three seasons and finished with a dual-meet record of 16-4, earning ACC Coach of the Year honors. Maryland closed the season with wins in 11 of the team's last 12 duals, including a victory over No. 5 American.

McCoy helped three wrestlers achieve All-America status. John Asper (165) earned the honor and was honored as ACC Wrestler of the Year after finishing with a team-leading 35-3 record. Mike Letts (174) and ACC Co-Freshman of the Year Spencer Myers (285) completed the All-America trio.

Maryland set a school record for regular season dual-meet wins in 2009-10, McCoy's second season, with a 19-4 record. On the way to the school record the Terps faced a grueling schedule and responded with five victories over top-25 teams, including a win over No. 4 Cornell.
McCoy helped coach Hudson Taylor to a third-consecutive All-American season as he became the first three-time All-American in school history. Steven Bell also earned All-American status for the second time in his career, becoming just the fifth two-time All-American in Maryland history.

In his first season with the Terps (2008-09), McCoy led Maryland to an ACC Championship en route to ACC Coach of the Year honors. Maryland compiled a 10-8-1 record in the regular season, and finished 10th at the NCAA Championships, tying the best finish in school history. McCoy coached three wrestlers to All-America accolades {Steven Bell (133), Alex Krom (141), Hudson Taylor (197)}, the third time Maryland has produced three All-Americans in a single season in school history, and the first time since 1987.

The summer of 2008 was a busy one for McCoy. While getting ready for his new position at Maryland and moving across the country, he was also a coach for the Olympic Men's Freestyle Wrestling team. He attended all of the training camps and traveled to Beijing, China, where Henry Cejudo won a Gold Medal.

Before coming to Maryland, McCoy spent three seasons as head coach at Stanford, transforming the Cardinal into a national contender after inheriting a team that went 6-8-1 in 2004-05.

McCoy led the Cardinal to a 19th-place finish at the NCAA Championships in 2008, which was the second-best finish in program history. Stanford went 13-4 with a 6-3 mark in the Pac-10 while finishing second in the conference championships, its best showing ever. Stanford sent five wrestlers to nationals in St. Louis for the second straight season, which was also the most in team history.

McCoy made an immediate impact in his first season as Stanford went 8-7 in 2005-06 and improved its showing at the Pac-10 Championships by two places. He guided two wrestlers to the NCAA Championships that season and mentored Tanner Gardner to All-America accolades.
In 2006-07, McCoy continued to steadily improve the program, as the Cardinal went 8-8 during the season and performed even better than the year before in the conference championships, finishing sixth. Five wrestlers qualified for the NCAA Championships which was a program record, and two wrestlers, Gardner and Josh Zupancic, became the first Stanford duo to earn All-America honors in the same season since 1967. In addition, Zack Giesen was tabbed the Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year.

Prior to his time at Stanford, McCoy spent five seasons as an assistant coach at Lehigh where he mentored 14 All-Americans and a pair of NCAA Champions. He helped the Mountain Hawks to four Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association titles and led Jon Trenge to a school-record 133 wins in his career at 197 pounds. Trenge was a three-time All-American.

During his time at Lehigh, McCoy shared the sidelines with former Maryland head coach Pat Santoro, who was also on the staff at Penn State when McCoy was a wrestler.

While at Lehigh, McCoy also served as the director of wrestling and head coach of the Lehigh Valley Athletic Club where he was responsible for conducting clinics in the local area, promoting the sport of wrestling, and fundraising.

McCoy serves on the USA Wrestling Athlete Advisory Committee as well as the USAW Executive Committee, the United States Olympic Committee, and has been a U.S. Freestyle World Team coach for two seasons.

McCoy also had a stint as an assistant coach at Penn State for three seasons, where he helped the Nittany Lions to a pair of fourth-place finishes at the NCAA Championships and guided 10 All-Americans and two national champions. 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 earned his bachelor's degree in marketing in 1997.

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. McCoy also won five straight U.S. National Freestyle Wrestling Championships from 2000 to 2004.

McCoy has been a member of the United States National Team nine times and earned a silver medal in 2003 at the World Championships. In August 2003, McCoy won a gold medal at the Pan-Am Games and was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament. McCoy furthered his international wrestling experience this summer, serving as a coach with the U.S. National Team at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing. McCoy and his wife, Abbie, have a son, Gabriel, and a daughter, Amelia.

E-mail coach McCoy at mccoy@umd.edu.


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