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|Duroe, Rosselli named by USA Wrestling to coach 2006 U.S. Freestyle World Team|
By Gary Abbott USA Wrestling
USA Wrestling has made its choice for the World Team Coaches in freestyle that will participate in the World Championships in Guangzhou, China, Sept. 26 - Oct. 1.
Selected to join USA Wrestling National Freestyle Coach Kevin Jackson of Colorado Springs, Colo. as World Team Coaches in freestyle wrestling are Mike Duroe of Iowa City, Iowa and Lou Rosselli of Edinboro, Pa.
These coaches, as well as all of the coaching assignments in freestyle for the year, were made by the Freestyle Coach Selection Committee and approved by USA Wrestling's Executive Committee.
Duroe was a coach for the 2005 U.S. Freestyle World Team, which placed eighth in the standings and featured two medalists. Duroe has served on the staff of numerous U.S. World and Olympic teams, both in men's freestyle and women's freestyle wrestling. He worked at USA Wrestling in two positions, as Freestyle Resident Coach and Freestyle Developmental Coach. As a volunteer, he coached three U.S. Women's World Teams.
He is currently coach of Cornell College in Iowa. He was previously coach of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club and the administrative assistant for the Univ. of Iowa. Duroe served as head coach at Northern Michigan Univ., and had assistant coaching stints at Northern Michigan, Northwestern and the Univ. of Pennsylvania. He was also a successful prep coach at New Trier High School in Illinois.
Rosselli was the assistant coach of the 2005 U.S. World University Games Team, which placed third in the team standings with three individual gold medalists. He has coached a number of U.S. teams on international tours. Rosselli is also a club coach with the New York Athletic Club.
He has served as an assistant coach at Edinboro Univ. for 11 years, where he has helped build the Scotsmen into a nationally competitive program on the Div. I level. Rosselli was a member of the 1996 U.S. Olympic team, competing at 52 kg/114.5 lbs. He was a 1997 World Cup champion and a three-time U.S. Nationals champion.
Complete biographies of each World Team Coach selection follows, as well as quotes from each of the coaches.
QUOTES FROM THE FREESTYLE WORLD TEAM COACHES
Mike Duroe of Iowa City, Iowa
"I am extremely excited about the opportunity to work with the team again. We didn't achieve our goals last year, based upon the potential this team has. Looking at the top athletes in our country, I feel very strongly that we should be a contender for a World Team championship. There is a lot of work and commitment that goes into that from the national team athletes and national coaching staff."
"We have to identify our strengths and weaknesses as a team and address them during the winter camps and tours. It is everything you do on a daily basis, your lifestyle, your training, all of the little things that make a huge difference in performance. Those who pay attention will not only make the U.S. team but will win a World championship. It is a challenge. We are challenging our athletes to work on it now. We need to prepare now."
Lou Rosselli of Edinboro, Pa.
"I am excited to be part of the coaching staff. I believe I have things to contribute and I am happy to do what I can do. I want to help push us over the edge this year. Last year, Russia's four gold medals was impressive. We want to change that this year."
"My approach is the same with all the athletes I coach. I want to use philosophies that work. The skill development and strategies to win are things that I can work with the athletes on. The U.S. guys are good on their feet. I can help strengthen them on the mat. You also have to limit mistakes. That is how you win big-time. Coaching the World University team last year was exciting. Winning three gold medals was neat. It is great to see our athletes perform well. I am excited to be a part of this again and to help in any way that I can."
National Freestyle Coach Kevin Jackson of Colorado Springs, Colo. (about Duroe and Rosselli)
"We are excited to have these two outstanding coaches working together this year. Mike Duroe is a veteran coach, having worked with several World Team staffs. He brings experience to the table, and his relationship with the athletes is strong. Lou Rosselli is a good, up-and-coming coach. He has coached on several tours. He worked with Bruce Burnett at the World University Games and we won three gold medals there. His international experience and knowledge serves us well. As a lighter weight coach, he will be able to train well with our lighter wrestlers."
"We have many quality athletes who have recognized that their training is a priority. We didn't receive the results we expected last year, and these athletes decided their training should change. We can't wait to get to the World Championships to redeem ourselves and represent our nation as the world power that we are. We expect a major impact on our results this year."
BIOGRAPHY SKETCHES OF WORLD TEAM COACHES IN FREESTYLE WRESTLING
Mike Duroe of Iowa City, Iowa
Duroe was a coach for the 2005 U.S. Freestyle World Team, which placed eighth in the standings and featured two medalists, competing in Budapest, Hungary. Duroe has coached numerous U.S. World-level teams, both in men's freestyle and women's freestyle, as a volunteer coach and also as a staff member for USA Wrestling. He was on the staff of the last three U.S. Olympic men's freestyle coaching teams.
Duroe was named as the head wrestling coach at Cornell College this year, a Div. III school in Iowa. He was previously the coach of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club and the administrative assistant for the Univ. of Iowa wrestling program. He has extensive coaching experience on the high school, college and international levels.
Duroe served in two professional coaching positions for USA Wrestling, the national governing body. From 1998-2000, he was USA Wrestling's Freestyle Developmental Coach. In 2001, Duroe served as USA Wrestling's Freestyle Resident Coach, working with the elite men's freestyle wrestlers at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.
As National Developmental Coach, Duroe was responsible for the responsible for developing age-group freestyle wrestlers. He also managed USA Wrestling's women's wrestling programs, including serving as the Head Women's National Coach.
Under Duroe's leadership, the United States was successful in age-group World Championships in freestyle wrestling. The highlight of his efforts with the women's program came in 1999, when the United States won the World Team Title in women's wrestling.
Prior to joining USA Wrestling's national staff, he coached U.S. teams on the national and international level in men's and women's wrestling. He served as the head coach of three U.S. Women's World Teams (1995-97). Duroe served as head coach of the women's team at the 1997 Pan American Championships. He also was an assistant coach for the 1996 Pan American Championships men's team. Duroe was also the head coach of the 1995 Cadet World Team. He also served as a coach at four U.S. Olympic Festivals (1989-90, 1993-94).
Duroe served as head coach at Northern Michigan Univ. from 1980-85, and assistant coach from 1978-80. During his tenure at Northern Michigan, he tutored 27 All-Americans and three national champions. Duroe was also the coach for the Wildcat Wrestling Club at Northwestern Univ. from 1985-86 and an assistant wrestling coach for the Univ. of Pennsylvania from 2001-2003.
Duroe served as the head coach at New Trier High School in Illinois from 1986-98, where he led his team to four conference and five regional team titles.
As an athlete, Duroe was a two-time regional champion for Drake Univ. He served as captain of Drake's team for three years and has been inducted into the Drake University Wrestling Hall of Fame. Duroe competed on the national level in freestyle in the early 1980s. He was a three-time national freestyle placewinner, and was the 1983 AAU National champion.
Lou Rosselli, Edinboro, Pa.
Rosselli was the assistant coach of the 2005 U.S. World University Games Team, which placed third in the team standings with three individual gold medalists in Izmir, Turkey. He serves as a club coach with the New York Athletic Club, one of the world's most successful wrestling clubs. Rosselli has also coached a number of U.S. teams on international tours.
Rosselli is now in his 11th season as an assistant coach at Edinboro Univ., eight years as a full-time assistant and three years as a volunteer assistant. Rosselli has helped build the Scotsmen into a nationally competitive program on the Div. I level. He is considered one of the nation's most talented assistant wrestling coaches. Edinboro has had a national champion and three NCAA finalists during Rosselli's years as an assistant coach.
Rosselli competed at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Ga., at 114.5 pounds. His quest for an Olympic medal was cut short when he broke his arm during a victory and had to withdraw from competition. Rosselli made the team with a stunning victory at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials.
Rosselli was a 1997 World Cup champion, and won a silver medal at the 1998 Pan American Championships. He won U.S. National freestyle titles three times (1995, 1996, 1999) and was second in the 1998 U.S. Nationals. Rosselli was also a University Nationals freestyle champion in 1994.
Rosselli placed third at the 1993 NCAA Championships and was fourth in the 1991 NCAA Championships for Edinboro Univ. Rosselli was selected the Outstanding Erestler at both the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Tournament and the Eastern Wrestling League Championships in 1993. His 136 career victories still ranks third on Edinboro's all-time wins list.
In 2004, Rosselli was inducted into the Edinboro University Athletic Hall of Fame. He was recognized as the 1993 Sox Harrison Award winner, presented to the top senior male athlete at Edinboro.
A native of Middleport, N.Y., Rosselli was a two-time New York state champion at Royalton-Hartland High School, in addition to finishing second once and third once.
2006 INTERNATIONAL COACHING ASSIGNMENTS IN FREESTYLE WRESTLING
World Championships, Guangzhou, China, Sept. 27-Oct. 2
Mike Duroe, Iowa City, Iowa
Lou Rosselli, Edinboro, Pa.
Junior World Championships, Guatemala City, Guatemala, Aug. 29 - Sept. 3
Head Coach - Jim Humphrey, Canal Winchester, Ohio
Assistant Coach - Yero Washington, Hoboken, N.J.
Pan American Championships, Rio de Janiero, Brazil, May 31-June 4
Zeke Jones, Philadelphia, Pa.
World University Championships, Ulan Bator, Mongolia, June 15-20
Ron Gray, Des Moines, Iowa
Mel Dow, Prairie du Chen, Wis.
Charles Burton, Lincoln, Neb.
John Peterson, Comstock, Wis.
Jamill Kelly, Stillwater, Okla.
Ed Giese, Wooddale, Ill.
Dan Chaid, San Jose, Calif.
Roman Ruderman, Stanhope, N.J.
Steve Knight, Ames, Iowa