October 3, 2022


Penn State wrestling head coach Cael Sanderson, affiliate head coach Cody Sanderson and head assistant coach Casey Cunningham will journey with the U.S. Olympic delegation to the 2020 Olympic Video games in Tokyo, serving as private coaches for 5 members of the Nittany Lion Wrestling Membership who shall be competing on the video games.


USA Wrestling is sending six proficient folks to the 2020 Olympic Video games in Tokyo because the official coaches for Group USA, together with 5 USA Wrestling Nationwide Coaches in addition to an impressive volunteer coach. There shall be 11 different private coaches touring with the delegation to the Video games.

Get to know them beneath:


Matt Lindland – Nationwide Greco-Roman Head Coach

Matt Lindland has been head of the nation’s elite Greco-Roman athletes since Could 2014. Shortly after taking on, he coached Andy Bisek to a World bronze medal in 2014, giving U.S. Greco its first World or Olympic medal since 2009. A 12 months later, Bisek repeated his bronze-winning efficiency. In 2018, Lindland coached one other Senior athlete to the rostrum, serving to Adam Coon to a silver medal after an unimaginable run to the finals.

Lindland has additionally performed an important half in serving to U.S. athletes to medal performances on the age-group stage, together with 2017 Cadet World champion Cohlton Schultz, who was the primary American since 1997 to realize the feat.

Previous to being named the U.S. Nationwide Greco-Roman Coach, Lindland served as a World Group Coach for the 2013 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. He additionally served as assistant coach for Clackamas CC and the College of Nebraska.

As a competitor, Lindland received silver on the 2000 Olympic Video games in Sydney, Australia, and adopted with a World silver medal in 2001 at a brand new weight class. He additionally received gold on the 1999 Pan American Video games in addition to the 1996 World Cup.

Herb Home –  assigned coach

Herb Home, who was named the 2017 USA Wrestling Greco-Roman Coach of the Yr, is the assigned Greco-Roman coach For Tokyo.

Some of the revered and lively Greco coaches on the scene, Home served as an official  U.S. World Group Coach for the 2017 World Championships in Paris. He has additionally served on the workers for Group USA as a volunteer coach at different main occasions, together with the 2015 and 2016 World Championships and the 2016 Olympic Video games.

Along with being a coach for the New York Athletic Membership and volunteering his time at the US Olympic and Paralympic Coaching Middle, Home is the private coach to rising Greco skills G’Angelo Hancock, a 2016 Junior World bronze medalist and 2020 Olympian; Kamal Bey, a 2017 Junior World champion; and Cohlton Schultz, a Cadet World champion and two-time Junior World medalist. 

As an athlete, Home was a profitable Greco-Roman wrestler, successful a Junior World bronze medal in 1992 and a bronze on the 1993 Senior Pan American Championships. In 1997, he took fourth on the CISM Navy World Championships, competing for the U.S. Military WCAP program. Domestically, Home received 4 College Nationwide titles, two Armed Forces titles and one U.S. Open.

Private coaches

There are two different Greco-Roman coaches heading to Tokyo as private coaches, all of which had been former Military WCAP athletes.

  • Jason Loukides – private coach for John Stefanowicz; head coach for U.S. Marines
  • Spenser Mango – private coach for Ildar Hafizov and Alejandro Sancho; assistant coach for Military WCAP; two-time Olympian


Terry Steiner – Nationwide Ladies’s Freestyle Head Coach

Getting into his fifth Olympic Video games, Terry Steiner was named USA Wrestling’s Nationwide Ladies’s Coach in 2002, changing into the primary and solely to carry the place. In 2004, Steiner led the primary U.S. Ladies’s Freestyle Olympic Group in historical past to at least one silver and one bronze medal. Steiner and the U.S. added bronze medals on the 2008 Beijing Video games and the 2012 London Video games. He coached Helen Maroulis to the primary Olympic gold medal in U.S. ladies’s freestyle historical past in 2016.

In 2003, all seven ladies’s freestylers received World medals on the World Championships in New York Metropolis and took dwelling a second-place group end on tiebreaker after tying powerhouse Japan for first.

Below his steerage, U.S. ladies boasts 48 World medals, together with 13 golds, 11 silvers and 23 bronzes. On this quad, Steiner and group have collected 10 World medals with 5 golds. In 2019, the USA went 3-for-3 in its medal matches with Jacarra Winchester, Tamyra Mensah Inventory and Adeline Grey every successful a gold medal. For Grey, it was her fifth World title, making her the primary athlete in USA Wrestling historical past, male or feminine, to win 5 World championships.

Beforehand, Steiner had labored as an assistant coach at Wisconsin and Oregon State.

As an athlete, Steiner was a 1993 NCAA champion for the Iowa and helped the Hawkeyes to a few group titles in ’91, ’92 and ’93. He was additionally a multiple-time Nationwide Group member and 1996 Pan American champion.

Clarissa Chun – Nationwide Ladies’s Freestyle Assistant Coach

Clarissa Chun joined the USA Wrestling teaching workers because the Nationwide Ladies’s Freestyle Assistant Coach in April of 2017 and has made a huge impact instantly. Serving alongside Steiner, Chun has helped the USA to 10 World medals, together with 5 gold, two silver and three bronzes.

Previous to being employed at USA Wrestling, Chun had simply wrapped up her athletic profession, which propelled her to changing into one of many greatest stars within the sport. She was additionally coached by Steiner.

A two-time Olympian, she took fifth on the 2008 Beijing Video games earlier than battling her method onto the rostrum on the 2012 London Video games for a bronze medal, competing at 48 kg. Chun wrestled at 5 Senior World Championships, which included a gold-medal efficiency on the 2008 Worlds in Tokyo. She additionally competed on the 2000, 2009, 2011 and 2012 World Championships.

Throughout her profession, Chun received 5 U.S. Open titles. She was a 2011 Pan American Video games silver medalist and received 4 gold medals on the Pan American Championships. She was a runner-up at 4 U.S. World Group Trials and three U.S. Opens, in a profession which spanned 18 years competing on the Senior stage.

Private coaches:

There are 5 private coaches heading to Tokyo for girls’s freestyle.

  • Brad Harper – private coach for Sarah Hildebrandt for the final 15 years
  • Vlad (Izzy) Izboinikov – private coach for Jacarra Winchester and Tamyra Mensah Inventory; former USA Wrestling growth coach
  • Cody Sanderson – private coach for Helen Maroulis; assistant coach at Penn State
  • Mark Perry – private coach for Maroulis and Kayla Miracle; assistant coach at Arizona State
  • Nate Engel – private coach for Adeline Grey; assistant coach at Oregon State


Invoice Zadick – Nationwide Males’s Freestyle Head Coach

Invoice Zadick has been on the helm of the U.S. Males’s Freestyle program for 5 years, taking on for Bruce Burnett after the 2016 Olympics. In that brief time, he has coached six totally different athletes to eight World titles and led the U.S. group to a Males’s Freestyle World Group title in 2017, the primary group title for the USA since 1995. Moreover, he has collected 10 different World medals, together with three silvers and 7 bronzes.

Zadick has been part of the U.S. teaching workers since 2009, when he began as Resident Coordinator and Assistant Nationwide Coach. He has since labored his method up the teaching ranks and is now head coach of a number of the finest freestyle athletes on the earth. Tokyo will mark his third Olympic Video games as a coach. In Rio because the Assistant Nationwide Coach, Zadick helped coach Kyle Snyder to an Olympic gold and J’den Cox to an Olympic bronze, and on the London video games in 2012, he helped coach Jordan Burroughs and Jake Varner to gold medals in addition to Coleman Scott and Tervel Dlagnev to bronze medals.

As an athlete, Zadick competed on the 2001 and 2006 World Groups, successful a World title in 2006. He’s the final American to win a World title on the weight. He was additionally an NCAA Division I champion for Iowa in 1996.

Earlier this 12 months, Zadick was inducted into the Nationwide Wrestling Corridor of Fame as a Distinguished Member, the best honor.

Joe Russell – Nationwide Supervisor of Freestyle Packages

Joe Russell was introduced on as USA Wrestling’s Supervisor of Freestyle Packages in Could 2017, after beforehand serving as the top coach at George Mason College. Some of the beloved coaches within the nation, Russell, alongside Zadick, has helped the USA to 17 Senior World medals, together with seven golds, and a World Group title.

Additionally working with youthful age-groups, Russell performed a significant function within the U.S.’s worldwide success, highlighted by U23 World titles from Richie Lewis and Bo Nickal, the one two People to perform the feat.

Previous to becoming a member of USA Wrestling, Russell had an in depth teaching background. Along with his head teaching job at GMU, Russell was a long-time assistant coach at his alma mater, Minnesota. He was closely concerned with USA Wrestling all through his profession, incomes teaching bids for the 1999 and 2013 Cadet Greco-Roman World Groups in addition to the 2002, 2004 and 2014 Junior Pan American groups.

As a competitor, Russell wrestled collegiately for the College of Minnesota from 1988 to 1992. He was named group captain throughout his senior 12 months, on high of buying Tutorial All-Large Ten honors.

In 2007, Russell was awarded the Medal of braveness by the Nationwide Wrestling Corridor of Fame, which is given to a wrestler or former wrestler has overcome what seem like insurmountable challenges, offering inspiration to others. In 1985, Russell was partially paralyzed after struggling a motorbike accident. He recovered from the accidents suffered within the accident to guide an inspiring life on and off the mat.

Private coaches

There are 5 private coaches touring to Tokyo with the boys’s freestyle squad.

  • Cody Sanderson – private coach for Thomas Gilman; assistant coach at Penn State
  • Mike Gray – private coach for Kyle Dake; head coach at Cornell
  • Casey Cunningham – private coach for David Taylor; assistant coach at Penn State
  • Cael Sanderson – private coach for Gilman, Taylor and Kyle Snyder; head coach at Penn State; 2004 Olympic champion
  • Brandon Eggum – private coach for Gable Steveson; head coach at Minnesota

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