Greg Strobel, who has served wrestling as a volunteer leader, coach and administrator for decades — but is perhaps best-known as head coach at Lehigh University — has been named Man of the Year by USA Wrestling, the national governing body for wrestling in the United States. This award recognizes an outstanding man for his contributions to the sport of wrestling.
“My first thought when I heard about this was that it is a cool deal. I’ve seen the list of previous winners, and that is very good company. All of those people dedicated their lives to improve wrestling. To join those people with this award is a great honor,” said Strobel.
An Oregon native, Gregory Oscar Strobel has impressive credentials as a college wrestler and coach. He was a two-time NCAA Division I wrestling champ for Oregon State University, winning Outstanding Wrestling honors at the 1973 NCAAs. He launched his coaching career at his college alma mater, serving as an assistant to the Beavers’ legendary head coach Dale Thomas.
As Lehigh head coach from 1995-2008, Strobel compiled a 189-83-1 dual meet record and led the Mountain Hawks to six EIWA championships including five consecutive titles from 2002-06. Strobel was named EIWA Coach of the Year four times, and was named National Coach of the Year by the NWCA (National Wrestling Coaches Association) after leading Lehigh to a third place finish at the 2004 NCAA championships. His Lehigh wrestlers captured 28 individual EIWA titles and totaled 30 NCAA All-America medals. Strobel coached two national champions, Rob Rohn in 2002 and Troy Letters in 2004.
Strobel is currently an administrator for the Lehigh University athletic department, serving as the Assistant Athletic Director for External Relations. He is the past president of the Eastern Collegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) and a previous member of the NCAA Rules Committee.
Strobel’s service to the sport goes far beyond college wrestling. He serves as First Vice President of USA Wrestling, and is a member of the Executive Committee. He has been a member of the USA Wrestling Board of Directors for almost 20 years.
He is the chairperson of the Freestyle Sports Committee, which oversees the national freestyle program. He is also the chairperson of the Sports Science Committee and the Freestyle Coach Selection Committee. Strobel also serves as a member of the Greco-Roman Sport Committee and the Women’s Sport Committee.
Strobel chairs an ad-hoc committee that is making recommendations concerning the restructuring of USA Wrestling’s Board of Directors and Committee structure. He has also served for over a decade as the chairperson of the ad-hoc Title IX Committee. He has also served on many other USA Wrestling Committees in the past.
In addition, Strobel was one of the most successful freestyle wrestling coaches within USA Wrestling. He served as a co-coach for the 2000 U.S. Olympic freestyle team, which featured gold medalist (and University of Pennsylvania All-American) Brandon Slay and four medalists in Sydney, Australia.
In 2009, Greg Strobel was the subject of a book, STROBEL: Stories From a Life With Wrestling, written by Jamie Moffatt.
Strobel will be recognized by his peers during the USA Wrestling Board of Directors meeting on August 20.
“I am honored that USA Wrestling is presenting this award to me. The timing is perfect, with it being recognized at our Board meeting, which we hope will be a landmark meeting as we discuss Board restructuring. To be named Man of the Year and to work on that project at the same time is very special for me,” said Strobel.
PAST USA WRESTLING MAN OF THE YEAR WINNERS
2009 – Greg Strobel
2008 – Sonny Greenhalgh
2007 – Van Stokes
2006 – Steve Silver
2005 – Al Bevilacqua
2004 – Jeff Levitetz
2003 – Set Agonian
2002 – Al Kastl
2001 – James Ravannack
2000 – Rulon Gardner
1999 – Duane Morgan
1998 – Scott Beck
1997 – Rick Tucci
1996 – Dave Schultz
1995 – Leroy Evans
1994 – James E. Scherr
1993 – Arthur J. Martori
1992 – Bruce Baumgartner
1990 – Eugene Barone
1989 – John Vaughan
1987 – Dave Rudrud
1986 – Jeff Blatnick
1985 – Dr. Dan Gould
1984 – Gary Thompson
1983 – Don Sondgeroth
1982 – Frank Rader
1981 – John Roberts
1980 – Rick Bay
1979 – Ben Bennett
1978 – Werner Holzer
1977 – Vince Zuaro
1976 – Ken Kraft
1974-75 – Russ Hellickson
1973 – Jack Stanbro
1972 – Melvin Jones
1971 – Bud Linholm
1970 – Rex Peery
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TheMat.com: Greg Strobel named USA Wrestling’s Man of the Year
Allentown Morning Call: Lehigh’s Strobel is USA Wrestling’s Man of the Year
Scott Casber of Takedown Radio (TDR): Audio interview with Greg Strobel
InterMat Rewind: Article about Jamie Moffatt’s 2009 book, Strobel: Stories from a Life with Wrestling
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