Scottie Boykin (Photo/Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
USAF ACADEMY - Head wrestling coach Sam Barber has announced the addition of Scottie Boykin to the AF Wrestling staff as a volunteer assistant coach and head coach of the Air Force Regional Training Center (AFRTC). Boykin comes to the Academy by way of Cornell where he served as the Spartan Combat RTC head coach. Boykin replaces Dustin Kilgore who after six seasons of positive impact on the program is leaving the program for opportunities outside of wrestling.
"I am excited to add Scottie Boykin to our staff," Head coach Sam Barber said. "He is a hardworking and high energy young coach that will take over where Coach Kilgore left off in being an exemplar for our cadet-athletes on and off the mat."
"I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to coach at the United States Air Force Academy," Boykin said. "The Academy is a prestigious institution, and its reputation speaks for itself. I look forward to getting to work alongside Coach Barber and staff, and help these young men reach their highest athletic potential on the national and world stage."
"Scottie received high praise from Coach Grey and Coach Eslinger, two leaders in our sport that I have much respect and appreciation for," Barber continued. "Coach Boykin's commitment to pursuing excellence while living a life of character and integrity make him a great fit for coaching at the United States Air Force Academy. His knowledge and passion for the sport of wrestling is infectious, I'm excited to watch him share that passion and enthusiasm with our team!"
During his time at the Spartan Combat RTC Development Program Boykin helped develop and prepare the top national recruits before getting into Cornell. He assisted in the coaching four top-20 seeds going into their inaugural NCAA tournament their freshman year (Julian Ramirez 165, Chris Foca 174, Jacob Cardenas 197, Lewis Fernandez HWT).
Prior to his stint in Ithaca, New York, Boykin served as the volunteer assistant coach at his Alma Mater UT-Chattanooga. While attending Chattanooga, Boykin became a two-time Southern Conference Champion at 197 pounds and made three appearances at the NCAA National Tournament. He had 94 career wins, which is eighth all-time at UTC. After graduating with a degree in sports administration, Boykin competed Dave Schultz Memorial International tournament where he battled his way to finalist. He is a two-time US OPEN Freestyle All-American (8th 2019, 4th 2021), and a two-time World Team Trials qualifier.