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John Smith named 2000 USA Wrestling Freestyle Coach of the Year



John Smith of Stillwater, Okla. has been named 2000 Freestyle Coach of the Year by USA Wrestling. This is the second time that Smith has received this prestigious award (1998, 2000). Smith served as a co-head coach of the 2000 U.S. Olympic freestyle wrestling team, which competed in Sydney, Australia. The United States won four Olympic medals, and placed second in the medal count and the unofficial standings. Winning medals for the USA were Brandon Slay (gold), Sammie Henson (silver), Terry Brands (bronze) and Lincoln McIlravy (bronze). Smith served as a co-head coach of the 1999 U.S. World Team which placed second in the World Championships. He was also the head coach of the 1998 U.S. World team, which placed third in the World Championships. He was head coach of the 1999 Pan American Games team, which claimed the team title with six individual champions. He was the head coach of the 1998 U.S. Goodwill Games team, which captured the team title and featured three individual gold medalists. He was a co-coach of the 1997 U.S. World Cup team that won the team title and swept every bout in the gold-medal match against Russia. He is currently the head coach at Oklahoma State Univ., one of the most successful Div. I wrestling programs. Smith led the Cowboys to the 1994 NCAA team title and second place at the 1998 NCAA Championships. This season, his Cowboy team placed third at the NCAA Championships, and Smith was named the Big 12 Coach of the Year. Smith serves as a club coach for the Sunkist Kids and the Cowboy WC. As an athlete, Smith claimed gold medals at the 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games, and won four World gold medals (1987, 1989, 1990, 1991). His six straight World-level titles is unprecedented. He also won titles at the Pan American Games, Goodwill Games and World Cup. Smith was a two-time NCAA champion for Oklahoma State, and originally hails from Del City, Okla. USA Wrestling will be announcing major award winners each day this week on TheMat.com, the official web page of the Amateur Wrestling Alliance. PAST FREESTYLE COACH OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNERS 2000 - John Smith, Stillwater, Okla., Sunkist Kids 1999 - Greg Strobel, Bethlehem, Pa., New York Athletic Club 1998 - John Smith, Stillwater, Okla., Sunkist Kids 1997 - Greg Strobel, Bethlehem, Pa., New York Athletic Club 1996 - Bruce Burnett, Colorado Springs, Colo., National Freestyle Coach 1995 - Bruce Burnett, Colorado Springs, Colo., National Freestyle Coach 1994 - Gene Davis, Colorado Springs, Colo., Athletes In Action 1993 - Joe Seay, Oklahoma City, Okla., Sunkist Kids 1992 - Bobby Douglas, Ames, Iowa, Sunkist Kids
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