Rosselli reportedly taking helm at Oklahoma

Lou Rosselli celebrates with Kyle Snyder after the Olympic gold-medal finals (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors)

Lou Rosselli, member of the Ohio State wrestling coaching staff for a decade, has been named head coach at the University of Oklahoma, according to multiple sources.

Rosselli would replace Mark Cody, who unexpectedly announced his resignation as Sooner head coach on August 11 after five seasons at the helm.

As of Monday evening, there is no announcement of Rosselli's reported hiring at the official Oklahoma Sooner wrestling website, nor in media in the Norman-Oklahoma City area.

Rosselli, who was hired by Buckeye head coach Tom Ryan in 2006, was promoted to associate head coach after the 2008-09 season.

Ryan was among the individuals connected to the Ohio State wrestling program who offered their congratulations to Rosselli on Twitter Monday evening.

"Big Congrats to @LouRosselli being named Head coach @OU_Wrestling! U got a gem. So proud of the work we did here. Time for the next chapter!" Ryan wrote.

Newly minted Olympic gold medalist -- and 2016 NCAA heavyweight champ for Ohio State -- Kyle Snyder tweeted: "Congrats to @LouRosselli one of the best coaches I've ever worked with. Can't thank you enough for all you've done."

Logan Stieber, four-time NCAA Division I champ for the Buckeyes, wrote: Wouldn't be where I am today without @LouRosselli! Congrats to him! The past 6 years have been amazing!

Tommy Rowlands, twice NCAA heavyweight champ for Ohio State, tweeted: "Congrats to my coach, friend, & mentor @LouRosselli. Well deserved. @wrestlingbucks & @OhioRTC will miss you!"

There was no information confirming a possible new job on Rosselli's Twitter or Facebook pages.

Rosselli, who is also a coach at the Ohio Regional Training Center, just returned to Columbus having coached Kyle Snyder to his gold medal in men's freestyle at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The 2009 National Wrestling Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year and 2014 USA Wrestling Freestyle Coach of the Year, Rosselli helped guide Ohio State to a pair of NCAA runner-up finishes (2008, 2009) before the 2015 national title.

Before coming to Columbus, Rosselli coached at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania for eleven seasons.

Prior to getting into coaching, Rosselli wrestled at Edinboro, where he was a two-time NCAA All-American in 1991 and 1993. In 1993, Rosselli earned Outstanding Wrestler accolades at both the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference and Eastern Wrestling League championships.


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selena selena (1) about 5 years ago
Worst hire in OU history.
StrengthandHonor (1) about 5 years ago
Why do you say that?