Fresno State Coach Troy Steiner

When: Thursday, Sep 29, 2016, 12:15PM - 1:30PM

5080 North Blackstone Avenue, Fresno, CA 93711

The process of reinstating the men's wrestling program at Fresno State took a monumental step forward on May 10, 2016 as Bulldog Director of Athletics Jim Bartko announced the hiring of Troy Steiner to become the head wrestling coach.

Steiner, who has spent the past 10 years at Oregon State, including the last four in the role of associate head coach, has been selected by Bartko to restore the wrestling program at Fresno State and recapture the passionate wrestling community in California's Central Valley.

Steiner has reached the pinnacle of the sport as both a wrestler and as a coach. A four-time All-American at Iowa where he compiled a 148-13 record in the 134- and 142-pound weight classes, Steiner was a member of three Hawkeye national championship teams from 1991-93 and won the 1992 NCAA Division I National Championship in the 142-pound weight class.

His decorated athletic career is equally matched as a mentor that has seen him coach 22 All-Americans, 10 Big Ten Champions, seven Pac-12 Championship teams and six NCAA Division I Champions along with a Junior FILA World Freestyle Champion.

Steiner, who in addition to his 10 years at Oregon State, has made coaching stops at Iowa (2004-06) and Wisconsin (1997-01) while his first collegiate stint was at Minnesota back in the mid-90s (1996-97). He also owned and operated "The ADVANCE School of Wrestling" in Madison, Wis., from 2001-04 and from 1997-2004 was the Wisconsin Wrestling Federation State Freestyle and Greco-Roman Coach.

Steiner's most recent successes at Oregon State came working alongside Beavers head coach Jim Zalesky, a 2004 National Wrestling Hall of Fame inductee who Steiner also coached with at Iowa from 2004-06. Steiner and Zalesky guided Oregon State to top 10 NCAA team finishes in 2012 and 2013 and the seven Pac-12 Championships, including five-straight from 2012-16.

As a member of USA Wrestling, he was a USA Women's World Team Coach in 2003, 2007 and 2015, and was the 2003 USA Junior World Team Coach in men's freestyle where he coached the U.S. Junior team in the World Championships in Istanbul, Turkey.

Steiner, a native of Bismarck, N.D. and graduate of Bismarck Century High School, went on to star as a wrestler at Iowa alongside with his brother, Terry, who was a three-time All-American with the Hawkeyes (1991-93) and 1993 NCAA Division I National Champion (150-pound weight class). Both Steiner brothers were inducted into the Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame of Iowa on June 9, 2013.

In post-collegiate competition, Steiner was a nine-time U.S. National Team member, winning the 1992 World Cup and the 1996 Pan-American Games titles. He placed third at the U.S. Olympic Trials in 1992 and 1996, and fifth in 2000.

He received his bachelor's degree in social work from Iowa in 1993 and his master's degree in kinesiology with a sports management emphasis from Minnesota in 1998.

He and his wife, Shawn, have two children, Spencer and Abbigail.

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