Bill Scherr named 2005 USA Wrestling Women s Coach of the Year

By Gary Abbott | April 11, 2006, 4:48 p.m. (ET)
Bill Scherr of Glenview, Ill. has been named 2005 Women's Coach of the Year by USA Wrestling. This is the first time that Scherr has received this prestigious award.

Scherr was a coach of the 2005 U.S. Women's World Team, which placed third in the team standings and featured four medalists, including World champion Iris Smith.

Along with Joe Corso of New Orleans, La., Scherr has been named by USA Wrestling to serve as a 2006 U.S. Women's World Team coach, working at the Wrestling World Championships in Guangzhou, China in the fall.

Scherr is currently a women's coach with the Sunkist Kids, and also works with the Wildcat WC freestyle wrestlers. Scherr was an instructor at the FILA Women's World Training Camp held at the Japan Institute of Sports Science in Tokyo, January 5-15, an elite program in which 13 nations participated.

He was an assistant coach at Indiana University for five years, from 1984-89, working with coach Jim Humphrey. The team was 2-17 the season before his arrival and had a 15-0 record his final year with the program. Scherr is also a widely respected clinician, working numerous camps and clinics around the nation.

Scherr was one of the greatest wrestlers in U.S. freestyle history. He was a 1985 World champion and a 1988 Olympic bronze medalist. He ran off an amazing five-year run of consecutive World-level medals for the United States from 1985-89. He was also a 1986 and 1989 World silver medalist and a 1987 World bronze medalist. His five consecutive World-level medals is one of U.S. wrestling's greatest feats, surpassed only by superstars Bruce Baumgartner, John Smith and Dave Schultz.

Bill Scherr was a two-time World Cup champion, a Pan American Games champion, a World Grand Masters champion, a Goodwill Games champion and a four-time U.S. Nationals champion. In 1992, he made a late comeback to the sport, winning the U.S. Nationals title and making the finals of the Olympic Team Trials where he placed second. He is a Distinguished Member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Scherr was a 1984 NCAA champion at the Univ. of Nebraska, where he starred alongside his twin brother Jim. He was also a two-time high school state champion from Mobridge, S.D.

Scherr has developed a new web page about wrestling coaching (, where he posts numerous detailed articles with information and advice on technique, coaching, mental toughness and other important training issues. Professionally, he is a Vice President with Goldman Sachs & Co.

USA Wrestling will be announcing major award winners each day this week on

2005 - Bill Scherr, Glenview, Ill., Sunkist Kids
2004 - Tricia Saunders, Phoenix, Ariz., Sunkist Kids
2003 - Townsend Saunders, Phoenix, Ariz., Sunkist Kids
2002 - Joe Corso, Des Moines, Iowa, Sunkist Kids