Kerry McCoy (Photo/Maryland Athletics)
Kerry McCoy has been named the next head coach and executive director of the California Regional Training Center at Stanford in Palo Alto.
It's a homecoming of sorts for the 42-year-old McCoy, who served in his first head wrestling coach position for the Stanford Cardinal from 2005-08. McCoy then helmed the University of Maryland mat program from 2009-19 before announcing his departure from the Terrapins just before the end of the 2018-19 season.
Upon being announced to head up the California RTC, McCoy told Andy Hamilton of Trackwrestling.com, "We want to be the premier place. When people think about success in wrestling, we want them to think about Palo Alto and the California Regional Training Center. That's the ultimate goal. We want to create Olympic and World champions at every level. That's my goal -- to have a successful organization that's going to win championships at a high level, but also build strong character and put our athletes and coaches, as we expand, on a path to be successful in life
"It's really a 360-degree, full-fledged commitment to excellence at all levels and I'm excited to get moving with it," McCoy continued. "We're going to build a strategic plan to not just have a couple good performances here and there but sustainable excellence over time."
McCoy seeks to make that happen ... bringing an impressive and varied career as a coach and wrestler to this new position heading up the California RTC. He was a two-time NCAA heavyweight champ for Penn State, compiling a 150-18 mat record, winning three Big Ten conference crowns, and NCAA individual titles in 1994 and 1997. McCoy concluded his Nittany Lion mat career by receiving the 1997 Dan Hodge Trophy from WIN Magazine as the nation's top collegiate wrestler. After graduating from Penn State, McCoy joined the Nittany Lion coaching staff as an assistant, then was an assistant at Lehigh before taking the helm at Lehigh, then Maryland before retiring one year ago. McCoy also crafted a successful senior international mat career, including appearances at the back-to-back Olympics (fifth place in 2000 Olympics; seventh place at 2004 Games, both in freestyle) ... and a nine-time National Team member.