Maryland Wrestling Coach Kerry McCoy Steps Down After Terrapins Place 14th at Big Ten Tournament

By Andy Vance on March 12, 2019 at 5:24 pm
Kerry McCoy
University of Maryland Athletics

Placing dead last in the team race at the Big Ten Wrestling Championships and qualifying just one wrestler for the NCAA tournament in Pittsburgh is... not good. In the case of Maryland's beleaguered wrestling program, that showing in the 2018-2019 postseason was enough to draw the resignation of head coach Kerry McCoy.

McCoy, who announced his resignation via Twitter Tuesday, led his team to a 2-12 record this season, including an 0-9 conference record and precisely zero wins at home. 

The Penn State alumnus became head coach for the Terrapin wrestling program on May 12, 2008 after three seasons as head coach at Stanford, leading the Cardinal to the program's second-best NCAA finish in school history. He was coach of the U.S. Men's Olympic Freestyle team at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, where Henry Cejudo won a Gold Medal.

McCoy was an extremely successful wrestler prior to entering the coaching ranks. He wrestled as a Nittany Lion, posting a record of 150-18 in his four seasons. He captured a pair of NCAA Championships in 1994 and 1997 and won three Big Ten titles.

After going 19-17 in his first 36 matches at Penn State, McCoy lost just once in his final 132 with an 88-match winning streak and won the Hodge Trophy in 1997. He won won five straight U.S. National Freestyle Wrestling Championships from 2000 to 2004.

Source: @kmac120

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