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USA Wrestling creates new staff position, General Manager, Greco-Roman Program, to transform the sport; applications now being accepted

by USA Wrestling

In an effort to transform Greco-Roman wrestling in the United States at all levels, from the youth development pipeline through performance on the Olympic and World level, USA Wrestling has created a new full-time professional staff position: General Manager, Greco-Roman programs.

The pursuit of excellence in Greco-Roman within the United States has unique challenges which are not a factor in either the men’s freestyle or women’s freestyle programs. There are no scholastic and collegiate systems in place for this specialized style, nor is there the expansive club system found in successful Greco-Roman nations in Europe or Asia. Folkstyle remains the foundational wrestling style in the USA, which is much more similar to freestyle than it is to Greco-Roman.

The USA has some proud achievements in international Greco-Roman, headlined by the 2007 Senior World Team Title won in Baku, Azerbaijan. Overall, Team USA has won 15 Olympic medals in Greco-Roman, including three Olympic champions. At the World Championships, Team USA has collected 33 World medals, including five World champions. However, the last Olympic medal in Greco-Roman came at the 2008 Olympic Games, and the last Senior World champion was in 2006. Since 2009, which covers just over three Olympic quadrenniums, the USA has no Olympic medals and just five World medals.

The successful candidate for this new position will need the skill set and experience to change the course of the program, requiring focused creativity, vision, leadership and management abilities. This new employee will be given the opportunity to evaluate every facet of the U.S. Greco-Roman program. In this new role, the General Manager will create the strategic direction for the sport and will be empowered to re-imagine how USA Wrestling operates its development and high-performance efforts.

USA Wrestling’s current professional National Greco-Roman Coaching Staff, as well as the existing Greco-Roman program structure, will remain intact at this time. It will become the job of the General Manager to determine all aspects of the program moving forward, which could include changes if they are determined to be necessary for success.

USA Wrestling is committed to success at the highest level in Greco-Roman, which is why it has created this new position as a targeted resource specific to its Greco-Roman program. Sustained competitive excellence is a core business objective at USA Wrestling, and the General Manager, Greco-Roman Program, will be tasked to create the environment for this to occur.