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Biography - Terry Steiner
Steiner was named USA Wrestling’s full-time National Women’s Coach in April 2002, the first in USA Wrestling history.

He is responsible for the training of America’s elite women freestyle wrestlers, as well as coaching women wrestlers who are involved in the U.S. Olympic Training Center resident athlete program. He will also play an important role in the development of women’s wrestling in the United States.

For the first time, women’s wrestlers competed in the Olympic Games in 2004. Steiner helped lead that Olympic team to one silver and one bronze medal, the second-highest medal count of any nation.

Since becoming USA Wrestling’s National Women’s Coach, U.S. teams on international tours have turned in many outstanding performances. At the 2003 World Championships in New York City, all seven U.S. women’s competitors won medals, including gold medalist Kristie Marano, as the team tied with Japan for the team title. Japan was awarded the first-place trophy for having the most gold-medalists.

Steiner also led the U.S. women to first place at the 2003 World Cup, where the U.S. defeated host Japan in the finals.

He has also bolstered USA Wrestling’s age-group development programs. The U.S. has had strong performances at the Junior World Championships under Steiner’s leadership.

Steiner worked six years as an assistant wrestling coach at Wisconsin, working with head coach Barry Davis. He has helped develop a number of successful Div. I wrestlers, including two-time NCAA champion Donny Pritzlaff.

Steiner spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Oregon State. He was also a coach with the Hawkeye Wrestling Club in Iowa City, Iowa after his college career ended.

Since 1997, he served as one of the coaches for Wisconsin’s USA Wrestling Cadet National Team. Along with his twin brother Troy, he directed a kids wrestling club in Iowa City in 1993-94.

Steiner claimed second in the 1998 U.S. Nationals and placed at the U.S. National Championships eight times. He placed fourth in the 1996 Olympic Trials and fifth in the 2000 Olympic Trials. He won a gold medal at the 1996 Pan American Championships.

He was a 1993 NCAA Div. I champion for Univ. of Iowa, coached by the legendary Dan Gable. He won three All-American honors and compiled a career record of 124-27-2. He was also voted the Outstanding Wrestler at the 1993 NCAA Championships. Originally from Bismarck, N.D., Steiner won two state titles for Century High School. Steiner earned a bachelor's degree in social work from Iowa in 1993.

Steiner and his wife Jodi have one daughter, Raven.

 
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