June 28, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Lou Rosselli, associate head coach of the Ohio State wrestling team, has been named a volunteer coach of the U.S. Olympic Freestyle Team, USA Wrestling announced Wednesday. In addition to Rosselli, assistants Mark Manning and John Smith will join national freestyle head coach Zeke Jones in London for the 2012 Olympic Games. Manning and Smith are the head coaches at Nebraska and Oklahoma State, respectively.
Rosselli, one of five finalists for a 2008 U.S. Olympic freestyle volunteer coaching position, has been part of USA Wrestling for several years as a coach and athlete. Most notably, he is a three-time U.S. Freestyle World Team Coach. In September 2011, Rosselli assisted the U.S. freestyle team to a third-place finish at the FILA Wrestling World Championships in Istanbul, Turkey. He worked in the same capacity at the 2007 and 2006 world championships. In 2007, the U.S. finished fourth in Baku, Azerbaijan, while the year before, the squad posted a third-place finish in Guangzhou, China. USA Wrestling awarded Rosselli with the Terry McCann Freestyle Coach of the Year honor in 2007 following the team’s impressive performance in China.
Additionally, Rosselli led the 2009 Pan American Championships squad to a gold medal in Maracaibo, Venezuela. A year later, he coached the 2010 U.S. World University Games team in Torino, Italy. In 2005, Rosselli was an assistant coach at the 2005 World University Games in Izmir, Turkey, and the U.S. team recorded a third-place finish.
A member of the 1996 U.S. Olympic Team (114.5 pounds), Rosselli was a 1997 World Cup Champion and won the silver medal at the 1998 Pan American Championships. Rosselli was a three-time U.S. National Freestyle champion, capturing the title in 1995, 1996 and 1999. He also was a University National Freestyle champion in 1994.
A letterwinner at Edinboro from 1989-1993, Rosselli was a two-time All-American as he finished third and fourth at the 1993 and 1991 NCAA Championships, respectively. In 1993, Rosselli earned Outstanding Wrestler accolades at both the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference and Eastern Wrestling League championships. He was a three-time PSAC champion (118 pounds) and in 1989 was named EWL Freshman of the Year en route to becoming the first freshman Fighting Scot to earn a trip to the NCAA championships.
In addition to receiving the Terry McCann Award, Rosselli has been lauded with several other honors throughout his career. Rosselli 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. Rosselli was added to a third hall of fame in October of 2009 when he was officially enshrined into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame.
Rosselli concluded his sixth season on the Buckeye coaching staff in March. Hired by Ohio State head coach Tom Ryan in the spring of 2006, Rosselli was promoted to associate head coach following the 2008-09 season. The 2009 National Wrestling Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year, Rosselli helped guide Ohio State to its second-consecutive runner-up finish at the NCAA championships that same year. As well, Rosselli was instrumental in mentoring two-time NCAA champion J Jaggers in 2008 and 2009.
Prior to moving to Columbus, Rosselli was part of the Edinboro coaching staff for 11 seasons. He began his stint with the Fighting Scots as a three-year volunteer assistant coach before being promoted to assistant coach.
Rosselli earned his bachelor’s degree in health and physical education in 1993. A native of Middleport, N.Y., Rosselli was a two-time New York state champion at Royalton-Hartland High School.
Rosselli and his wife, Amy, have three children, Jordan, Ty and Jaxson.