Koll says he's content with Cornell position
From CDT staff reports
Rob Koll's credentials suggest he can successfully coach wrestling anywhere, including his hometown.
Coaching vacancy drawing interest
His words suggest he?s happy where he currently works.
Koll, who led Cornell to a fifth-place finish at last month?s NCAA Championships, said Tuesday he doesn?t plan on pursuing Penn State?s head coaching vacancy. Koll is a 1984 State College High School graduate, whose father, Bill Koll, coached the Nittany Lions from 1965- 78.
?I have been here for 20 years,? Koll said from his Ithaca, N.Y. office, ?and I?ll be here for another 20 years God willing.?
Koll?s fondness for Cornell and Ithaca comes as little surprise.
He arrived in Ithaca as an assistant coach in 1989 and the Big Red have developed into an on-and off-the-mat power. Cornell has produced 20 All- Americans during the past four years, which ranks second to Iowa.
Cornell?s projected 2009-10 roster appears well-stocked with talented young wrestlers, including former State College standout Steve Bosak and NCAA 125-pound champion Troy Nickerson. Balance and depth helped the Big Red advance to the finals of the National Wrestling Coaches Association National Duals in January.
Koll?s program receives generous alumni support, and the Big Red train in the Friedman Wrestling Center, a stand-alone facility that opened in 2002. Cornell?s success has increased its fan base, with the program attracting 1,850 fans per home meet this past season.
Cornell defeated Penn State 24-10 before more than 4,000 fans last November.
Four former Penn State wrestlers? Ken Chertow, Tim Flynn, John Hughes and Kerry McCoy ? expressed interest in Penn State?s head coaching position earlier this week. The job opened when Troy Sunderland ended an 11-year tenure by resigning this past weekend.