Gary Abbot USA Wrestling
USA Wrestling has chosen five finalist candidates to serve as coaches for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team in freestyle wrestling.
Named as finalists for the volunteer freestyle coaching positions for the U.S. team that will compete at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China are:
<li> Sean Bormet of Naperville, Ill. </li>
<li>Mike Duroe of Iowa City, Iowa</li>
<li>Lee Kemp of Alpharetta, Ga. </li>
<li>Kerry McCoy of Stanford, Calif.</li>
<li>Lou Rosselli of Columbus, Ohio </li>
The five finalists were selected by USA Wrestling’s Freestyle Coach Selection Committee.
Two of these five volunteer coaches will be selected to serve on the coaching staff at the Beijing Games, along with USA Wrestling’s National Freestyle Coach Kevin Jackson.
Three of the finalists have served as official Freestyle World Team Coaches at recent World Championships: Duroe (2005, 2006), McCoy (2007) and Rosselli (2006, 2007). The other two coaches, Bormet and Kemp, have been on recent U.S. World Team coaching staffs.
Two of the coaches have served as official Junior World Team Coaches in recent years: Rosselli (2005) and Kemp (2007). Both McCoy and Duroe were coaches with the 2007 Pan American Games team.
Three of the coach finalists were members of past U.S. Olympic teams as athletes: Kemp (1980), McCoy (2000, 2004) and Rosselli (1996). Kemp was a three-time World champion in freestyle wrestling (1978, 1979, 1982).
McCoy is the head wrestling coach at Stanford Univ., and Duroe is head wrestling coach at Cornell College in Iowa. Rosselli is the assistant coach at The Ohio State Univ. Bormet is founder and coach of the Overtime School of Wrestling in Illinois. Kemp coaches the Lee Kemp Cooler Wrestling Club in Georgia.
Complete biographies of each of the finalists are below.
All five finalists will be given a formal telephone interview with the Freestyle Coach Selection Committee. After the interview process, the Freestyle Coach Selection Committee will select the two coaches which the committee recommends for the Olympic coaching positions.
USA Wrestling’s Executive Committee will then meet to approve the selections of the Freestyle Coach Selection Committee. The decision of the Executive Committee will be forwarded to the U.S. Olympic Committee for final approval as USA Wrestling’s nominees for the Olympic Coach positions.
USA Wrestling expects its Olympic Coach selection process to be completed by mid-November.
Sean Bormet, Naperville, Ill.
Bormet was a member of the coaching staff for the 2006 U.S. World Team, which placed third in the team standings and featured four individual medalists.
He is a club coach with the New York Athletic Club, and has worked directly with a number of the athletes on recent U.S. World Teams. Donny Pritzlaff (163 lbs.) and Andy Hrovat (185 lbs.), both members of the New York AC, made the 2006 U.S. World Team. Pritzlaff went on to win a bronze medal at the World Championships.
The New York Athletic Club placed second in Div. II at the U.S. National Championships the last two seasons. Six members of the New York AC freestyle team qualified for Freestyle Team USA, the U.S. national team during the last two seasons.
Bormet was named winner of the Terry McCann Award winner as the 2006 Freestyle Coach of the Year by USA Wrestling.
Bormet owns and operates the Overtime School of Wrestling, a top training facility and wrestling club in Illinois. Since opening this program, Bormet has produced numerous champions and All-American on all of USA Wrestling’s age levels. Also coaching with Overtime is Kerry Bowmans, a 2000 Olympic Trials runner-up in freestyle wrestling.
Bormet was named 2004 USA Wrestling Developmental Coach of the Year for his coaching achievements working with age-group wrestlers and programs. He has coached numerous age-group national champions and All-Americans as a coach for the Illinois Junior and Cadet freestyle national teams. He has also coached the Illinois Junior Duals freestyle team.
Prior to founding the Overtime School of Wrestling, Bormet served as an assistant coach at the Univ. of Wisconsin (1994-99) and the Univ. of Michigan (1999-2000).
Bormet placed second at the 1999 U.S. National Championships and third in 1999 as a Senior-level freestyle wrestler. He was third at the 1996 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.
Bormet earned NCAA All-American status twice while competing for the Univ. of Michigan. In 1993, he placed third at the NCAA Tournament and in 1992, he placed second. He was a 1991 Espoir National champion in freestyle and competed in the 1991 Espoir World Championships. Bormet was also a three-time Junior freestyle All-American. He was an Illinois state champion for Providence High School in New Lenox, Ill.
Mike Duroe, Iowa City, Iowa
Duroe served as a World Team Coach for the 2006 U.S. Freestyle World Team, which placed third as a team at the 2006 World Championships in Guangzhou, China. The team featured four individual medalists, including World champion Bill Zadick.
Duroe was also a World Team coach for the 2005 U.S. Freestyle World Team, which placed eighth in the standings and featured two medalists, competing in Budapest, Hungary.
He was also a coach with the 2007 Pan American Games team, which won seven medals, led by champion Henry Cejudo.
Duroe has coached numerous U.S. World-level teams, both in men’s freestyle and women’s freestyle, as a volunteer coach and also as a staff member for USA Wrestling. He was on the staff of the last three U.S. Olympic men’s freestyle coaching teams. Duroe was named 2005 Freestyle Coach of the Year by USA Wrestling.
He serves in his third season as the head wrestling coach at Cornell College, a Div. III school in Iowa. The program has shown substantial improvement during his tenure. His teams own the top two dual winning totals in school history (15-9-1 in 2005-06 and 14-8 in 2006-07).
He was previously the coach of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club and the administrative assistant for the Univ. of Iowa wrestling program. He has extensive coaching experience on the high school, college and international levels.
Duroe served in two professional coaching positions for USA Wrestling, the national governing body. From 1998-2000, he was USA Wrestling’s Freestyle Developmental Coach. In 2001, Duroe served as USA Wrestling’s Freestyle Resident Coach, working with the elite men’s freestyle wrestlers at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. He also managed USA Wrestling’s women’s wrestling programs, including serving as the Head Women’s National Coach.
Under Duroe’s leadership, the United States was successful in age-group World Championships in freestyle wrestling. The highlight of his efforts with the women’s program came in 1999, when the United States won the World Team Title in women’s wrestling.
Prior to joining USA Wrestling’s national staff, he coached U.S. teams on the national and international level in men’s and women’s wrestling. He served as the head coach of three U.S. Women’s World Teams (1995-97). Duroe served as head coach of the women’s team at the 1997 Pan American Championships. He also was an assistant coach for the 1996 Pan American Championships men’s team. Duroe was also the head coach of the 1995 Cadet World Team. He also served as a coach at four U.S. Olympic Festivals (1989-90, 1993-94).
Duroe served as head coach at Northern Michigan Univ. from 1980-85, and assistant coach from 1978-80. During his tenure at Northern Michigan, he tutored 27 All-Americans and three national champions. Duroe was also the coach for the Wildcat Wrestling Club at Northwestern Univ. from 1985-86 and an assistant wrestling coach for the Univ. of Pennsylvania from 2001-2003.
Duroe served as the head coach at New Trier High School in Illinois from 1986-98, where he led his team to four conference and five regional team titles.
As an athlete, Duroe was a two-time regional champion for Drake Univ. He served as captain of Drake’s team for three years and has been inducted into the Drake University Wrestling Hall of Fame. Duroe competed on the national level in freestyle in the early 1980s. He was a three-time national freestyle placewinner, and was the 1983 AAU National champion.
Lee Kemp of Alpharetta, Ga.
Kemp served as coach of the 2007 Junior World freestyle team, which placed 11th in the standings and featured Junior World Champion Bubba Jenkins.
In 2006, Kemp served as a member of the U.S. Freestyle World Team coaching staff, assisting with the team which won four individual World medals and placed third in the World Championships in Guangzhou, China.
Kemp is a Distinguished Member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame after one of the most successful competitive careers in history.
Kemp won three World gold medals in freestyle wrestling (1978, 1979, 1982) and was a 1981 World bronze medalist. He was a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Team which did not attend the Moscow Olympic Games due to the U.S. government boycott. He also won four World Cup titles, and placed second at the 1984 Olympic Trials to Dave Schultz, who went on to win the Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
Kemp also had one of the greatest college careers, winning three NCAA Div. I titles and placing second as a freshman for the Univ. of Wisconsin. He was a Junior National Champion as a prep wrestling star from Chadron, Ohio.
Kemp served as a graduate assistant wrestling coach at the Univ. of Wisconsin. He also coached with high school and college teams in the cities where he held professional positions. While in the New York area, he assisted with the wrestling teams at Montclair State Univ. and Rutgers Univ., as well as at Montclair High School. When living in the Minneapolis area, he assisted with the Univ. of Minnesota and with Forest Lake High School. Kemp was a volunteer coach when Forest Lake High School won the Minnesota state team title, and helped develop state champion wrestlers with the program.
He currently coaches the Lee Kemp Cooler Wrestling Club in Georgia.
Kemp has had a successful career in business. He received his master’s degree in marketing from the Univ. of Wisconsin in 1983. He worked in the advertising field with Burrell Communications in Chicago, then was in marketing with Clairol in New York City. In 1991, he became the ownership of a car dealership, Forest Lake Ford in Minnesota, where he held expand the business serving this suburban city. Kemp has also launched his own internet company, Hire the Winners, LLC, which provides an online assessment tool for sales personnel in the auto industry.
Kerry McCoy, Stanford, Calif.
McCoy served as a 2007 U.S. World Team Coach, helping lead the United States to a fourth place finish, led by World bronze medalist Daniel Cormier. McCoy was also a coach with the 2007 Pan American Games team, which won seven medals, led by champion Henry Cejudo.
McCoy was a member of the coaching staff for the 2006 U.S. Freestyle World Team, which placed third in the World Championships in Guangzhou, China. He has coached numerous nationally-ranked men’s freestyle wrestlers in recent years.
He is currently the head wrestling coach at Stanford Univ., where he is serving in his third season. Previously, McCoy spent five years as assistant coach at Lehigh Univ. and three years as an assistant at Penn State Univ. He was also the Director of Wrestling for the Lehigh Valley Athletic Club.
McCoy was a member of the 2000 and 2004 U.S. Olympic freestyle wrestling teams, placing fifth at the 2000 Games in Sydney, Australia and seventh at the 2004 Games in Athens, Greece, competing at super heavyweight. He was a 2003 World silver medalist, and placed fourth at the 1998 and 2001 World meets. McCoy won gold medals at the 2003 Pan American Games and won the World Cup four times (1999-2002). He was second at the 1998 Goodwill Games, and won the Pan American Championships twice.
He won the U.S. National championships five straight years (2000-2004), and placed second on two occasions (1996, 1997). McCoy was also a 1992 Junior World champion, and placed seventh in the 1993 Espoir World Championships. He competed for the New York AC.
McCoy won two NCAA titles for Penn State Univ. (1994, 1997) and placed third in the 1995 NCAA Championships. He received the Hodge Award in 1997 as the college wrestler of the year. McCoy won 131 of his last 132 matches in college, including an 88-match win streak.
He served as Chairperson of the NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and was also the President of Penn State’s Student-Athlete Advisory Board. McCoy has also served on Athlete Advisory Committees for the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Wrestling.
A native of Middle Island, N.Y., McCoy was a New York state champion for Longwood High School in 1992 and was a state runner-up in 1991.
Lou Rosselli, Columbus, Ohio
Rosselli served as a 2007 U.S. World Team Coach, helping lead the United States to a fourth place finish, led by World bronze medalist Daniel Cormier. Two athletes who Rosselli served as club coach for Joe Heskett and Tommy Rowlands, both who competed on the 2007 U.S. World Team.
Rosselli served as a World Team Coach for the 2006 U.S. Freestyle World Team, which placed third as a team at the 2006 World Championships in Guangzhou, China. The team featured four individual medalists, including World champion Bill Zadick.
He was the assistant coach of the 2005 U.S. World University Games Team, which placed third in the team standings with three individual gold medalists in Izmir, Turkey. He serves as a club coach with the New York Athletic Club, one of the world’s most successful wrestling clubs. Rosselli has also coached a number of U.S. teams on international tours.
Rosselli is in his second season as the assistant wrestling coach at The Ohio State University, joining the staff of new head coach Tom Ryan. Previously, he served 11 seasons as an assistant coach at Edinboro Univ., eight years as a full-time assistant and three years as a volunteer assistant. Rosselli has helped build the Scotsmen into a nationally competitive program on the Div. I level. He is considered one of the nation’s most talented assistant wrestling coaches.
Rosselli competed at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Ga., at 114.5 pounds. His quest for an Olympic medal was cut short when he broke his arm during a victory and had to withdraw from competition. Rosselli made the team with a stunning victory at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials.
Rosselli was a 1997 World Cup champion, and won a silver medal at the 1998 Pan American Championships. He won U.S. National freestyle titles three times (1995, 1996, 1999) and was second in the 1998 U.S. Nationals. Rosselli was also a University Nationals freestyle champion in 1994. He competed for the New York AC.
Rosselli placed third at the 1993 NCAA Championships and was fourth in the 1991 NCAA Championships for Edinboro Univ. Rosselli was selected the Outstanding Wrestler at both the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Tournament and the Eastern Wrestling League Championships in 1993. His 136 career victories still ranks third on Edinboro's all-time wins list.
In 2004, Rosselli was inducted into the Edinboro University Athletic Hall of Fame. He was recognized as the 1993 Sox Harrison Award winner, presented to the top senior male athlete at Edinboro.
A native of Middleport, N.Y., Rosselli was a two-time New York state champion at Royalton-Hartland High School, in addition to finishing second once and third once.