Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Coach Retiring after 34 Years

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Coach Retiring after 34 Years

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Pitt wrestling coach Rande Stottlemyer announced his retirement Monday, though he will remain with the athletic department as the Senior Advisor for Olympic Sports. He will be replaced by Jason Peters, an assistant at Pitt the past 10 seasons who was designated the program's head coach-in-waiting in the fall.

Stottlemyer was a three-time All-American wrestler for the Panthers from 1974-78 and was an assistant coach with the program in 1978 before taking over as head coach in 1979.

He compiled a record of 304-203-12 over 34 seasons and is the winningest coach in Pitt wrestling history.

"I would like to thank the University of Pittsburgh for the great opportunity they gave me as a young man, fresh out of college," Stottlemyer said in a news release. "I have been blessed to have lived my passion for 35 years. I hope in that time I have been able to make a positive impact on a lot of young men's lives. It has been an honor to be their coach and to promote the great sport of wrestling.

"I am deeply indebted to chancellor Mark Nordenberg, athletic director Steve Pederson and executive associate athletic director Donna Sanft for their leadership and support. Thank you to all my co- workers, assistant coaches and wrestlers who over the years have given so much of themselves to make our success possible. Finally, I would like to thank my wife, daughters, family and friends for always being there for me."

Stottlemyer is retiring at a time when the program is in the midst of one of its best stretches. The Panthers have won three Eastern Wrestling League regular-season and three Eastern Wrestling League tournament titles in the past four years and finished ranked No. 15 in each of the past two seasons.

The Panthers under Stottlemyer, who is a five-time EWL coach of the year, have produced 56 EWL individual champions, 33 All- Americans and 3 national champions.

"Very few coaches retire at the top of their game and yet Rande Stottlemyer is doing just that," Pederson said. …

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