Wrestling Adds Sinnott And Byrne As Assistants

Aug. 27, 2009

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland wrestling head coach Kerry McCoy today announced the additions of Brandon Sinnott as assistant coach and Maryland graduate Brendan Byrne as volunteer assistant.

Sinnott comes to Maryland after a stellar career at Central Michigan where he won three straight Mid-American Conference championships. He served as the graduate assistant at CMU in 2008-09, helping the Chippewas to a 17-4 record and 14th place finish at the NCAA Championships.

Byrne rejoins Maryland after a successful career suiting up for the Terps in the 125 pound weight class.

"I am very excited about the new additions to our staff," said McCoy. "Brandon had a great career at Central Michigan and I am looking forward to him sharing his knowledge and experience with us. Brendan did a great job for us last season as one of the leaders of the team. It's a special thing when you get to work with an athlete that you coached in the past. I really enjoyed coaching Brendan last year and I think working with him will be even more enjoyable. We have high expectations for the program this season and into the future. I have no doubt that these two will be tremendous assets to the program and pivotal in the future success of Maryland Wrestling."

Sinnott, a two-time All-American, won MAC titles at 174 pounds in 2006, 2007 and 2008. He finished seventh at the NCAA Championships in 2007 and fifth in 2008 and is one of just eight individuals in CMU history to win at least three individual MAC titles. Sinnott is also ranked seventh in CMU history in career wins and ninth in career winning percentage. He earned a bachelor's degree in sociology in 2008.

Byrne compiled a 60-36 record in his career with the Terps. After becoming the winningest wrestler in the history of Cape May High School with a record of 98-25, Byrne won 19 matches for the Terps as a freshman in 2005-06. He was forced to redshirt as a sophomore (2006-07) due to injury. Byrne was a team captain last year and a key component in helping Maryland capture their second straight ACC Championship and a 10th place finish at the NCAA Championships.