Feb. 17, 2011
BENSON, Minn. - Air Force wrestling head coach Joel Sharratt has been selected for induction into the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Sharratt, who is being inducted as an athlete, is one of eight individuals to receive the honor for 2011.
The induction, which will be held April 9 in Benson, Minn., will also include John Barrett (Athlete), Jim Carrington (Contributor), Jim Dotseth (Coach), Jeff Gallagher (Coach), Ed Homan (Contributor), Stephen "Pete" Saxe (Athlete) and Bruce Thompson (Athlete).
A native of Bloomington, Minn., Sharratt wrestled for Bloomington-Kennedy High School, winning two state AA titles (1989-90) and earning a third-place finish (1990). He then went on to the University of Iowa, Sharratt was a three-time All-American, earning three trips to the NCAA Finals, winning the championship in 1994.
Training under the tutelage of legendary coach Dan Gable during his college career, Sharratt led his team to the 1995 Big Ten and NCAA titles, winning the Big Ten individual championship that season. Sharratt also competed as a member of the 1993 and 1994 Big Ten Championship teams, as well as the 1992 and 1994 NCAA Championship teams.
Following his college career, Sharratt was a two-time member of the U.S. National Team, earning the bronze medal at both the 1996 Olympic Trials and 1997 Pan American Championships.
Now in his fifth year at the helm of the Falcons' program, Sharratt was named the Western Wrestling Conference Coach of the Year during the 2007-08 season. This year, Sharratt has already guided Air Force to 11 wins, marking the Falcons' highest win total since the 2001-02 season.
Prior to arriving at Air Force, Sharratt spent six seasons as the head assistant wrestling coach Navy, while working as an assistant coach at Lehigh from 1996-98. He also served as a graduate assistant at the University of Minnesota, where he earned his master's degree in sports administration in 2000 and was a graduate assistant at his alma mater during the 1995-96 season.