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Spanier: Decision on coach nearing
By Stephen Hennessey Email
Collegian Staff Writer
The search for a new wrestling head coach is ongoing and a decision will likely be made within the next week, Penn State President Graham Spanier said Thursday in a telephone interview.
Spanier said he is involved with the search, but could not elaborate on any details until a coach was announced.
"We are right in the middle of it," he said. "[Athletic Director] Tim Curley and a group of folks have been interviewing individuals and it's our goal to have this wrapped up within a week, I would say. But we aren't there yet."
Calls to Curley's office were not returned earlier this week, but sports information director Jeff Nelson called The Daily Collegian on behalf of Curley.
"All we can say at this point is the search is ongoing, and there will be no further comment until a coach is named," Nelson said Tuesday evening when reached by phone.
Ken Chertow, a former Nittany Lion wrestler and assistant coach, said he could not comment on anything about the search, but did express interest in the coaching position.
"It'd be a great honor," Chertow said at his training facility Thursday.
Since the resignation of coach Troy Sunderland on April 4, the Lions have practiced daily with the current assistant coaches, assistant coach Aaron Anspach said last week. A group of wrestlers, including freshmen Quentin Wright and Tim Darling, competed at the FILA Junior Freestyle Championships in Las Vegas.
These wrestlers might have a new head coach soon, however, as Spanier suspects the committee will make a decision by the end of next week, if not "within a few days."
"With athletic searches, because there are so many athletes and others involved, we like to move it along as quickly as possible," Spanier said.