COLUMBUS, Ohio Lou Rosselli of the Ohio State wrestling team has been promoted to associate head coach, Tom Ryan, Buckeye head coach, announced. Rosselli wrapped up his third season as the Scarlet and Gray’s assistant coach in 2009, working primarily with the lighter weight classes.
“I am honored Tom Ryan and the athletics department think that highly of me,” Rosselli said. “I look forward to continuing our quest to become national champions.”
Rosselli and the Buckeyes nearly completed their quest in becoming the best team in the nation this spring at the NCAA championships in St. Louis. For a second-consecutive season, Ohio State was national runners-up and crowned at least one individual champion in J Jaggers at 141 pounds.
Prior to the national competition, Rosselli was named 2009 National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Assistant Coach of the Year.
“Lou is one of the most knowledgeable coaches in the nation,” Ryan, who took home national coach of the year honors by the NCAA and RevWrestling, said. “His 17 years of college coaching combined with world class international experience makes him priceless to our program. It has been a great honor to work alongside Lou as we bring great pride to Buckeye nation.”
Rosselli added to his international coaching resume in April when he helped the U.S. National Team to a second-place finish at the Pan American Championships in Maracaibo, Venezuela.
Rosselli has been lauded with several honors during his coaching career, including the 2007 Terry McCann Award, USA Wrestling’s Freestyle Coach of the Year. A 1993 graduate of Edinboro, Rosselli also was honored by the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Alumni Association at the Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony with the Young Alumni Award. That honor complements his memberships in the Edinboro and Eastern Wrestling League halls of fame.
As an international competitor, Rosselli qualified for the 1996 U.S. Olympic Team for the Atlanta Games (114.5 pounds) and was a three-time U.S. Open champion in 1995, 1996 and 1999.
A letterwinner for the Fighting Scots from 1989-1993, Rosselli was a two-time All-American (1991 and 1993) and three-time Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference champion at 118 pounds. In 1989, Rosselli was named EWL Freshman of the Year and became the first Edinboro freshman to earn a trip to the NCAA championships. Following his senior year in 1993, Rosselli earned EWL and PSAC Wrestler of the Year honors after winning titles in both conferences.
Rosselli graduated with a degree in health and physical education in 1993. He and his wife, Amy, have three children, Jordan, Ty and Jaxson.