Rosselli named 2007 Terry McCann Award winner as USA Wrestling Freestyle Coach of the Year

By Gary Abbott | April 21, 2008, 3:26 p.m. (ET)
Lou Rosselli of Columbus, Ohio has been named 2007 Freestyle Coach of the Year by USA Wrestling. This is the first time that Rosselli has received this prestigious award .

This award is named after the late wrestling legend Terry McCann, a 1960 Olympic champion wrestler. McCann was a long-time coach with the successful Mayor Daley Youth Foundation club, which won numerous national titles in freestyle and Greco-Roman and produced champion athletes for the United States. McCann also served as USA Wrestling President and a FILA Bureau member.

Rosselli served as a 2007 U.S. World Team Coach, helping lead the United States to a fourth place finish, led by World bronze medalist Daniel Cormier. Two athletes who Rosselli served as club coach for Joe Heskett and Tommy Rowlands, both who competed on the 2007 U.S. World Team.

Rosselli serves as a club coach with the New York Athletic Club, one of the world's most successful wrestling clubs. The NYAC placed second at the 2007 U.S. Nationals Championships, competing in Div. I.

Rosselli served as a World Team Coach for the 2006 U.S. Freestyle World Team, which placed third as a team at the 2006 World Championships in Guangzhou, China. The team featured four individual medalists, including World champion Bill Zadick.

He was the assistant coach of the 2005 U.S. World University Games Team, which placed third in the team standings with three individual gold medalists in Izmir, Turkey. Rosselli has also coached a number of U.S. teams on international tours.

Rosselli recently completed his second season as the assistant wrestling coach at The Ohio State University, joining the staff of new head coach Tom Ryan. With Rosselli a key part of the coaching staff, the Buckeyes placed second at the 2007 NCAA Championships as a team, with two individual champion.

Previously, he served 11 seasons as an assistant coach at Edinboro Univ., eight years as a full-time assistant and three years as a volunteer assistant. Rosselli has helped build the Scotsmen into a nationally competitive program on the Div. I level. He is considered one of the nation's most talented assistant wrestling coaches.

Rosselli competed at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Ga., at 114.5 pounds. His quest for an Olympic medal was cut short when he broke his arm during a victory and had to withdraw from competition. Rosselli made the team with a stunning victory at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials.

Rosselli was a 1997 World Cup champion, and won a silver medal at the 1998 Pan American Championships. He won U.S. National freestyle titles three times (1995, 1996, 1999) and was second in the 1998 U.S. Nationals. Rosselli was also a University Nationals freestyle champion in 1994. He competed for the New York AC.

Rosselli placed third at the 1993 NCAA Championships and was fourth in the 1991 NCAA Championships for Edinboro Univ. Rosselli was selected the Outstanding Wrestler at both the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Tournament and the Eastern Wrestling League Championships in 1993. His 136 career victories still ranks third on Edinboro's all-time wins list.

In 2004, Rosselli was inducted into the Edinboro University Athletic Hall of Fame. He was recognized as the 1993 Sox Harrison Award winner, presented to the top senior male athlete at Edinboro.

A native of Middleport, N.Y., Rosselli was a two-time New York state champion at Royalton-Hartland High School, in addition to finishing second once and third once.

USA Wrestling will be announcing major award winners this week on TheMat.com.

PAST TERRY McCANN AWARD WINNERS AS FREESTYLE COACH OF THE YEAR
2007 - Lou Rosselli, Columbua, Ohio, New York AC
2006 - Sean Bormet, Naperville, Ill., New York AC
2005 - Mike Duroe, Iowa City, Iowa, Hawkeye TC
2004 - Bobby Douglas, Ames, Iowa, Sunkist Kids
2003 - Tom Brands, Iowa City, Iowa, Hawkeye WC
2002 - Tom Brands, Iowa City, Iowa, Hawkeye WC
2001 - Zeke Jones, Morgantown, W.Va., Sunkist Kids
2000 - John Smith, Stillwater, Okla., Sunkist Kids
1999 - Greg Strobel, Bethlehem, Pa., New York Athletic Club
1998 - John Smith, Stillwater, Okla., Sunkist Kids
1997 - Greg Strobel, Bethlehem, Pa., New York Athletic Club
1996 - Bruce Burnett, Colorado Springs, Colo., National Freestyle Coach
1995 - Bruce Burnett, Colorado Springs, Colo., National Freestyle Coach
1994 - Gene Davis, Colorado Springs, Colo., Athletes In Action
1993 - Joe Seay, Oklahoma City, Okla., Sunkist Kids
1992 - Bobby Douglas, Ames, Iowa, Sunkist Kids
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