Lou Rosselli, former Edinboro University wrestler and current associate head coach at Ohio State, is the 2013 Terry McCann Award winner as USA Wrestling Freestyle Coach of the Year, the nation’s governing body for the sport announced Sunday.
This award is named after the late wrestling legend Terry McCann, a two-time NCAA champ and three-time Big Ten titlewinner for the University of Iowa in the 1950s who won a gold medal in freestyle at the 1960 Rome Olympics. McCann was a long-time coach with Mayor Daley Youth Foundation Club in his hometown of Chicago, which won numerous national titles in freestyle and Greco-Roman and produced champion athletes for the United States. In addition, McCann served as USA Wrestling President and a FILA Bureau member.
Beyond his duties as a member of Tom Ryan’s coaching staff for the Buckeyes for the past seven seasons, Rosselli is the head coach at the Ohio Regional Training Center in Columbus, and a coach with the New York Athletic Club.
Rosselli has served as the personal coach for five 2013 U.S. Freestyle World Team members: Angel Escobedo at 55 kilos, Reece Humphrey at 60 kilos, Keith Gavin at 84 kilos, J.D. Bergman at 96 kilos, and Tervel Dlagnev at 120 kilos. All five train under Rosselli at the Ohio Regional Training Center.
In addition, Rosselli was a 2013 U.S. World Team Coach, helping lead the USA to a fifth-place finish at the World Championships, led by individual champion Jordan Burroughs. As coach for the New York Athletic Club, Rosselli helped coach the club to the Div. I Team title at the U.S. Open. At the World Team Trials, the NYAC had two individual champions and placed six athletes on the national team.
Prior to 2013, Rosselli was a 2012 Olympic coach that helped mentor three individual medalists in men’s freestyle: gold medalists Jordan Burroughs and Jake Varner, as well as bronze medalist Coleman Scott. The USA was third in the unofficial standings at the London Games.
During Rosselli’s tenure at Ohio State, the Buckeyes placed second in the team standings at the 2008 and 2009 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships as a team. He was named 2009 Assistant Coach of the Year by the NWCA (National Wrestling Coaches Association).
Before coming to Ohio State, Rosselli was an assistant coach at Edinboro for 11 seasons, eight years as a full-time assistant and three as a volunteer assistant. Rosselli has helped build the Fighting Scots into a nationally-competitive program on the Division I level.
As a wrestler at Edinboro, Rosselli was a two-time NCAA All-American (1991, 1993). A native of Middleport, N.Y., Rosselli was a two-time New York state champion at Royalton-Hartland High School.
This is the second time Rosselli has won the McCann Freestyle Coach of the Year award, having previously received the honor in 2007. Since the award was first presented in 1992, five other coaches have earned it twice: Bobby Douglas (1992, 2004), Bruce Burnett (1995, 1996), Greg Strobel (1997, 1999), Tom Brands (2002, 2003) and Sean Bormet (2006, 2010). John Smith has won the McCann three times, in 1998, 2000, and 2009.