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Wrestling Coach McCoy to Step Down After NCAA Championships

By Maryland Today Staff

Kerry McCoy, who has served as head wrestling coach for the past 11 seasons, will step down following the NCAA Championships, he announced yesterday.

During his tenure, McCoy guided the Terps to four top-20 finishes at the NCAA Championships and three ACC titles, and coached eight Terps to 12 All-American awards, while being named ACC Coach of the Year three times.

“Kerry achieved notable accomplishments during his tenure, including managing the move from the ACC to the Big Ten, the top wrestling conference in the nation,” said Athletic Director Damon Evans. “As a coach and a mentor, he has helped shape the lives of our wrestling student-athletes and guided these young men to grow academically, athletically and socially. I want to thank Kerry for everything he has done for this university and the Terrapin family, and wish him success in his next endeavor."

Under McCoy, a former All-American at Penn State and two-time Olympian, the team saw considerable success during his first six years as coach. Since joining the Big Ten, it has posted losing seasons and in 2018–19 went 2–12 overall and 0–9 in the Big Ten.

McCoy said it has been an honor to serve in his position. “So many student-athletes, administrators, supporters of the program and fans have impacted my life in a positive way,” he said. “While looking forward to my next journey, I will cherish the memories and relationships that I have established here and will carry them with me as I go forward.”

McCoy will continue to serve as head coach through the NCAA Championships, which take place March 21–23 in Pittsburgh. Immediately afterward, Associate Head Coach Jimmy Sheptock will serve as interim head coach while a national search for Maryland’s next head coach is conducted.

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