Former Sooner Named Women's Olympic Coach

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma

June 27, 2012

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NORMAN, Okla. – Former University of Oklahoma wrestler Keith Wilson was named a volunteer coach of the United States women’s freestyle wrestling team for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England, the U.S. Olympic Committee announced Tuesday.

Wilson was a letterwinner on the 1999 Big 12 Champion Sooner squad and is now a wrestling instructor in Colorado Springs, Colo. He will serve alongside head coach Terry Steiner and assistant Izzy Izboinikov as Olympic coaches for the U.S. women’s freestyle team.

Wilson has served as a U.S. Women’s World Team coach for the last four years and has been the club coach for three of the four U.S. Olympic Team Trials champions. The former Sooner was named the 2010 Women's Coach of the Year by USA Wrestling.

Wilson will be joining two fellow Sooner wrestlers in London after Jared Frayer and Sam Hazewinkel qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team at the Team Trials in April.

Frayer, who wrestled for the Sooners from 1999-2002, is a current OU assistant coach and will represent the United States at the 66kg/145.5 pound weight class.

Hazewinkel, a 2004-07 Sooner wrestler, earned his spot on Team USA by claiming the 55kg/121 pound title at the Trials.

With the addition of Frayer and Hazewinkel, OU’s wrestling program has now produced 23 Olympic participants.