Greg Strobel of Bethlehem, Pa, has been named 1999 Freestyle Coach of the Year by USA Wrestling. This is the second time that Strobel has received this prestigious award (1997, 1999).
Strobel has been named as a co-head coach of the 2000 U.S. Olympic freestyle wrestling team, which will compete in Sydney, Australia.
Strobel was a co-head coach of the 1999 U.S. Freestyle World Team which competed in Ankara, Turkey and placed second in the team standings. The U.S. was led by three medalists, gold-medalist Stephen Neal, silver-medalist Lincoln McIlravy and bronze-medalist Les Gutches.
He was also the assistant coach of the 1999 U.S. Pan American Games Team, which won the freestyle competition in Winnipeg, Canada. The U.S. won six of the eight freestyle wrestling gold medals.
Strobel served as the assistant coach of the 1996 U.S. Olympic team, which claimed five medals, including three individual champions. He was the head coach of the 1994 U.S. Goodwill Games team, which featured two individual gold medalists. He was a co-coach of the 1997 U.S. World Cup team that won the team title and made history by winning every bout in the gold-medal match against Russia. He was assistant coach of the 1995 U.S. World team, which claimed the World team title and featured four champions. Strobel also served as head coach for the 1997 U.S. Junior World team.
He is currently the head coach at Lehigh Univ., one of the nation's top Div. I wrestling powers. Strobel led Lehigh to a seventh place finish at the 2000 NCAA Championships, its highest finish in many years.
He worked as the head coach of the national champion Team Foxcatcher club for a number of years. He served nine years as National Teams Director for USA Wrestling. Strobel was also an assistant coach at Oregon State Univ.
Strobel was also named the 1999 USA Wrestling Developmental Coach of the Year. He became the first coach to win the USA Wrestling Coach of the Year Award on both the Senior and Developmental levels. He has also been recognized as the USOC Wrestling Coach of the Year on both the Senior and Developmental levels.
He was a talented freestyle wrestler, and won two NCAA titles for Oregon State. Strobel originally hails from Scapoose, Ore.
PAST FREESTYLE COACH OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNERS
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