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2012 Olympic bronze medalist Coleman Scott joins North Carolina mat staff

Former Oklahoma State mat champ Coleman Scott new assistant coach at University of North Carolina
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Coleman Scott, an NCAA wrestling champ for Oklahoma State who won a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics, has been hired as an assistant coach at the University of North Carolina, Tar Heel head mat coach C.D. Mock announced Friday.

"We are very excited to have Coleman Scott join our Tar Heel family," Mock said. "Coming from one of the most successful wrestling programs in the history of the sport, his knowledge and experience as a competitor and a coach will add immeasurably to the existing staff and team."

According to the press statement posted at the official North Carolina wrestling website, the 28-year-old Scott “will be involved in all aspects of training and skill instruction for the Tar Heels.” The statement goes on to say that the former Cowboy “will work directly with the light and light/middle weights on technique and training for Carolina after wrapping up competition for the summer in July.”

By any measure, Scott had a successful mat career at Oklahoma State. He compiled a 120-24 overall record, winning Big 12 conference crowns in 2005 (at 125 pounds) and 2007 (at 133). Scott was a four-time NCAA All-American and two-time finalist for the Cowboys, winning the 133-pound title at the 2008 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, pinning Iowa's Joey Slaton in just 49 seconds. Prior to wrestling at Oklahoma State, Scott was a three-time Pennsylvania state champ at Waynesville High School, where he was named the Dave Schultz High School Excellence National Award as a senior in 2004.

Scott also brings an impressive freestyle wrestling resume to the Chapel Hill school. A four-time member of the U.S. men’s freestyle team, Scott won a bronze medal at 60 kilos/132 pounds at the 2012 Olympics in London. With the medal, Scott became the 16th Oklahoma State wrestler to have won an Olympic medal, and the second to win bronze at the Summer Games.