James Green at Rudis Super Match (Photo/Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
Big news this morning out of Blacksburg. James Green, who has been competing out of the Southeast Regional Training Center for the past two years, is moving on to a new role within USA Wrestling.
The Lace Man has accepted the position as the National Freestyle Developmental Coach for USAW. He will be responsible for directing the U20 OPTC Elite Resident program--identifying top-level U20 wrestlers to live and train in Colorado Springs. He will also oversee the U15, U17 and U20 Pan-Am and World Teams. The position was most recently held by Kevin Jackson, who left to take a coaching position at the University of Michigan. The success of this program has played a huge role in the recent dominance of the USA at the Cadet and Junior level.
While it is a bittersweet departure from competition, this is a phenomenal opportunity both for James and for USA Wrestling. Green has held the 70kg spot for USA Wrestling in the past six World Championships. He is a two-time world medalist--silver and bronze--and has been a fixture on the world scene. He recently brought home a silver medal from the Yasar Dogu in February. Green was a four-time All-American at Nebraska, and trained there for the majority of his freestyle career before moving to Blacksburg and the SERTC.