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Joe Corso named 2002 USA Wrestling Women s Coach of the Year

By Gary Abbott | May 10, 2003, 12 a.m. (ET)
Joe Corso of Des Moines, Iowa, has been named 2002 Women's Coach of the Year by USA Wrestling. This is the first time that USA Wrestling has presented a Women's Coach of the Year award. Corso served as assistant coach for the 2003 U.S. Women's World Team, which placed 11th in the team standings at the World Championships in Halkida, Greece. The U.S. team was led by a pair of medalists, silver medalist Tina George at 55 kg/121 lbs. and bronze medalist Kristie Marano at 67 kg/147.5 lbs. Corso has coached many other U.S. Women's teams in international competition. Corso was the head coach of the 2001 Women's World Team, which placed seventh in the World Championships and featured two medalists. He was also the head coach of the 1998 Women's World Team, which placed third in the World Championships in Poznan, Poland and featured World Champion Tricia Saunders. Corso was head coach of the 1990 U.S. Women's World team, which placed sixth in the World Championships in Lulea, Sweden. He was an assistant coach on the 1991 U.S. Women's World Team, which placed fifth in the World Championships in Tokyo, Japan. He was also the head coach of the 1992 and 1998 U.S. Men's Junior World Freestyle Teams. Corso has been a coach and administrator for the Sunkist Kids club, one of the world's most successful wrestling clubs. He coaches the women wrestlers for the Sunkist Kids, which won the 2002 U.S. Nationals women's team title. The Sunkist Kids women wrestlers are also very successful on USA Wrestling's age-group levels. He was the head wrestling coach at Phoenix College from 1992-93. Corso has served as an assistant coach at Purdue Univ., the Univ. of Minnesota and Indiana Univ. He was also the head coach of Brophy Preperatory High School from 1989-91. He has also coached a number of U.S. men's wrestling teams on international tours. He runs a local business in Des Moines. Corso was a member of the 1976 U.S. Olympic freestyle wrestling team. He placed third in the 1979 World Championships, and won a gold medal at the 1979 Pan American Championships. He was also a gold medalist in the 1992 Veterans World Championships. He has won 10 national freestyle titles. Corso placed third in the 1975 NCAA Championships for Purdue Univ. Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, he was an Iowa state high school champion in 1971. USA Wrestling will be announcing major award winners each day this week on PAST WOMEN'S COACH OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNERS 2002 - Joe Corso, Des Moines, Iowa, Sunkist Kids