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Jason Loukides named 2015 USA Wrestling Greco-Roman Coach of the Year

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | April 19, 2016, 6:56 p.m. (ET)

Jason Loukides, second from left, receives the Greco-Roman Coach of the Year Award from USA Wrestling president James Ravannack, wrestling legend Dan Gable and USA Wrestling Executive Director Rich Bender in Iowa City, Iowa. Photo by Tony Rotundo, Wrestlers Are Warriors.

Jason Loukides (Camp LeJeune, N.C./U.S. Marine Corps) has been named 2015 Greco-Roman Coach of the Year by USA Wrestling. It is the first time in his career that Loukides has won this prestigious honor.

Loukides is the head coach of the U.S. Marine Corps team, which is based at Camp LeJeune, N.C. The U.S. Marines placed second at the 2015 Armed Forces Championships in both freestyle and Greco-Roman, behind the U.S. Army team.

He is the personal coach for 2015 World Team member Bryce Saddoris, who has competed at the World Championships for the last two years. Saddoris won his first two matches at the 2015 World Championships in Las Vegas before losing to eventual champion Frank Staebler of Germany. In the repechage, he was ahead of Tarek Benaissa of Algeria when he suffered a severe injury to his face, ultimately losing 4-5.

He also served as a coach for United States CISM World Military Team, which competed in Munyeong, South Korea. Justin Lester of the U.S. Army won a bronze medal in Greco-Roman.

Prior to taking the coaching position with the U.S. Marines, Loukides was the head coach at the Div. I program at the Univ. of North Carolina – Greensboro. He also established the Y.E.S. club in the area, which featured a number of successful Greco-Roman wrestlers. Two of his athletes at UNC-Greensboro continue to excel on the Senior level, wrestling for the Army WCAP program, three-time World Team member Caylor Williams and University World medalist Jamel Johnson.

Loukides was a national-caliber Greco-Roman wrestler with the U.S. Army team. He placed second in the 2001 U.S. Open and the 2001 U.S. World Team Trials, competing at 96 kg. Loukides won a silver medal at the 2003 CISM Military World Championships in freestyle and was fourth in the 1999 CISM Military World Games in Greco-Roman. He was a USA Wrestling All-American on the Senior level in both styles.

He competed at Div. I Edinboro University, coached by Olympic and World champion Bruce Baumgartner, where he was a two-time NCAA qualifier. He served a stint as a graduate assistant coach for Slippery Rock Univ. Originally from Albion, Mich., he was a Michigan state high school champion.

PAST GRECO-ROMAN COACH OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNERS
2015 – Jason Loukides, Camp LeJeune, N.C., U.S. Marine Corps
2014 – Dan Chandler, Minneapolis, Minn., Minnesota Storm
2013 – Joe Russell, Fairfax, Va., Patriot Elite WC
2012 – Dan Chandler, Minneapolis, Minn. Minnesota Storm
2011 – Shon Lewis, Colorado Springs, Colo., U.S. Army
2010 – Dan Hicks, Camp LeJeune, N.C., U.S. Marine Corps
2009 – Ivan Ivanov, Boise, Idaho, Suples WC and USOEC
2008 - Brandon Paulson, Anoka, Minn., Minnesota Storm
2007 - Jay Antonelli, Chesapeake, Va., U.S Marines
2006 - Shon Lewis, Colorado Springs, Colo., U.S. Army
2005 - Shawn Sheldon, West Palm Beach, Fla., New York AC
2004 - Andy Seras, Sandy Hook, Conn., Sunkist Kids
2003 - Shon Lewis, Colorado Springs, Colo., U.S. Army
2002 - Shon Lewis, Colorado Springs, Colo., U.S. Army
2001 - Andy Seras, Sandy Hook, Conn., Sunkist Kids
2000 - Dan Chandler, Minneapolis, Minn., Minnesota Storm
1999 - Dan Chandler, Minneapolis, Minn., Minnesota Storm
1998 - Jay Antonelli, Quantico, Va., U.S. Marines
1997 - Dan Chandler, Minneapolis, Minn., Minnesota Storm
1996 - Rob Hermann, Pensacola, Fla., U.S. Navy
1995 - Dan Chandler, Minneapolis, Minn., Minnesota Storm
1994 - Dan Chandler, Minneapolis, Minn., Minnesota USA Wrestling
1993 - Tony Thomas, Fort Benning, Ga., U.S. Army
1992 - Rob Hermann, Pensacola, Fla., U.S. Navy