November 26, 2022

At present, Morgan State College introduced that they’ve secured three-time Olympian, Kenny Monday as their new males’s wrestling coach.

Monday is greater than certified for the position, as his accomplishments embrace being the primary Black wrestler in historical past to win an Olympic gold medal and a Nationwide Wrestling Corridor of Fame inductee. He most lately served because the director of wrestling and head wrestling coach at Spire Academy, a world highschool and postgraduate sports activities efficiency coaching and schooling advanced.

Monday has held positions as the pinnacle freestyle wrestling coach on the UNC Chapel Hill Coaching Middle; head wrestling coach for the UFC’s Workforce Takedown MMA and Blackzillion MMA; co-head coach at Oklahoma State College, assistant wrestling coach for the 2012 Summer time Olympics; and assistant wrestling coach at Bishop Lynch Excessive College in Dallas, Texas.  In all, Monday has coached 30 nationwide champions and 50 All-Individuals.

It is a main win for the wrestling staff at Morgan State since making their comeback after a 25-year hiatus.

Wrestling is formally again on the Nationwide Treasure, Morgan State College! With the hiring of Coach Monday and the huge, profitable expertise he brings from competing on the highest echelons, we’re sure to return to our championship glory and develop into a vacation spot for student-athletes wanting top-level teaching and distinctive educational packages,” mentioned David Ok. Wilson, Morgan State College president. “It isn’t day by day that you could usher in a frontrunner the caliber of Coach Kenny Monday…somebody who has efficiently competed and coached at the highschool, collegiate {and professional} ranges and has received all through his profession. So, when there was a mutual curiosity in having him develop into part of the Morgan household, we made it occur with out hesitation.”

Kenny Monday profitable the Olympic gold medal in 1988

In October 2021, Morgan introduced their wrestling comeback after receiving the largest-ever donation to the college’s athletics division in $2.7 million from HBCU Wrestling (HBCUW), a brand new initiative reestablishing wrestling packages on HBCU campuses.

Kerry McCoy, the president of HBCU Wrestling says he’s pleased with how he and his staff labored with Morgan State to usher in Kenny Monday. “Kenny Monday is an icon on this planet of wrestling and has impressed so many. He has the power to mobilize the Morgan alumni and the area people to generate assist for this system. We sit up for persevering with to assist him and this system in any approach we are able to” mentioned McCoy.

Being that Morgan State is the one HBCU to supply NCAA Division I Varsity-level wrestling, it was crucial that the college discovered the most effective of the most effective for the upcoming 2023-2024 season.

“After conducting a nationwide search of the most effective expertise in wrestling teaching, we’re assured that in Coach Kenny Monday, now we have chosen the fitting particular person to revive Morgan’s wrestling program,” mentioned Dena Freeman-Patton, vice chairman and director for intercollegiate athletics at Morgan. “Coach Monday brings the gravitas and expertise to guide a Division I program and appeal to the highest expertise within the nation to return to Morgan. We sit up for having him begin as quickly as potential and construct a championship-ready wrestling staff.”

Monday is happy to get to work in his new position. “I’m extraordinarily grateful and honored to be named as the pinnacle wrestling coach at Morgan State College. Bringing the wrestling program again to an HBCU after 25 years is thrilling for me and the whole wrestling group,” mentioned Coach Monday. “I need to thank President Wilson and Athletic Director Dena Freeman-Patton for believing in me and giving me the chance to construct an unbelievable program. Each expertise in my profession has ready me for this second, and I can’t wait to get began. Go Bears!”

The College will host a press convention in the course of the week of Aug. 22 to formally introduce Coach Monday, with extra particulars TBA.

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