June 7, 2006
Morgantown, W.Va. - West Virginia University wrestling coach Craig Turnbull today announced the addition of former Illinois wrestler Kyle Ott to his coaching staff effective August 1. The two-time All-American's position replaces the graduate assistant coaching position that the program has had in past years.
"We are very pleased to have a person of Kyle's background and character joining our staff," says Turnbull. "We were particularly interested in having someone come into the lighter weight classes to coach. It will be great to have some fresh ideas come from the outside from an outstanding wrestling program such as Illinois."
Ott brings an impressive collegiate and national wrestling resume with him to Morgantown. The Huber Heights, Ohio, native finished as the runner-up in both the 2004 and 2005 NCAA tournaments in the 125-pound class and as the Big Ten runner-up in 2005 and 2006, placing third in 2004. The three-time Illini captain led his team to regular season conference titles in 2004 and 2005, as well as a Big Ten tournament championship in 2005.
The four-time NWCA All-Academic team member was the 54kg champion at the 2002 FILA Junior World Nationals and champion of the 2002 University National Championships.
"I am very excited to start," says Ott. "It is a great opportunity to come in and work with a great staff and program. I am ready to come in and give it my all as an assistant coach."
Ott graduated from Illinois in May 2006, with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology.