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Maryland coach Kerry McCoy welcomed into NACDA/McLendon Hall of Fame

University of Maryland head wrestling coach Kerry McCoy
University of Maryland head wrestling coach Kerry McCoy
Photo courtesy of University of Maryland, used with permission

Kerry McCoy, NCAA wrestling champ and two-time Olympian who is now University of Maryland head coach, was welcomed into the NACDA/John McLendon Minority Scholarship Foundation Hall of Fame in Orlando Wednesday.

The Hall of Fame is sponsored by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. According to the NACDA website, the organization's John McLendon Minority Postgraduate Scholarship Awards are presented to senior-level minority students who intend to pursue a graduate degree in athletics administration.

“It is an amazing honor,” McCoy said. “I’m very excited and truly humbled for this recognition. John McLendon laid a great foundation for all of us to follow in college athletics. I love what I do and just feel very fortunate.”

McCoy took the helm of the Maryland wrestling program in 2008. In that time, McCoy has guided the Terps to four top-20 finishes at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, coaching seven wrestlers to 11 NCAA All-American honors. Among his wrestlers was Jimmy Sheptock, two-time NCAA All-American who was runner-up in the 184-pound finals at the 2014 NCAAs, the highest placer in the program since 1969.

In addition, McCoy has garnered three Atlantic Coast Conference team titles, and was named ACC Coach of the Year three times. He was also named University of Maryland Male Coach of the Year in 2012.

Prior to coming to Maryland, McCoy served as head coach at Stanford for three seasons, and as an assistant at Lehigh University for five years, and three years at his college alma mater, Penn State.

As a wrestler, McCoy had a brilliant collegiate and freestyle career. Compiling an overall record of 159-19 for the Nittany Lions, the three-time All-American won the NCAA heavyweight title in 1994 and 1997. McCoy was also a three-time Big Ten heavyweight champ (1994-95, 1997). McCoy also was named the Penn State Athlete of the Year in 1997, as well as the Nittany Lions' Wrestler of the Year in 1994 and 1997. He completed his college career as the 1997 Hodge Award winner as W.I.N. Magazine's Wrestler of the Year.

McCoy was also a two-time Olympian for the United States, placing fifth place at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, seventh in 2004 in Athens. McCoy also won five straight U.S. National Freestyle Wrestling Championships from 2000 to 2004.

June will be a rewarding month for McCoy. In addition to the NACDA Hall of Fame honor, the wrestler-coach will be welcomed as a Class of 2014 Distinguished Member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame during Honors Weekend, June 20-21.

McCoy was one of seven inductees at the James J. Corbett Awards Luncheon at the 49th Annual NACDA Convention at the World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando, Fla. Wednesday. He was also joined by Maryland Director of Athletics Kevin Anderson.