MORGANTOWN — West Virginia will name a former world champion as its new wrestling coach today.
Sources confirmed Sunday night that the school will hire Sammie Henson as the replacement for long-time coach Craig Turnbull, who was fired in late March after coaching the program for 36 years. A 9 a.m. press conference has been scheduled by the school to announce the new hire.
Henson, 43, is currently an assistant coach at Missouri, one of two schools he attended and for which he wrestled in the early 1990s. Henson was an All-America wrestler at Missouri before transferring to Clemson, where he went 71-0 in two seasons and won two national championships. He would later finish his degree at Missouri.
After his college career, Henson went on to win a gold medal at the 1998 World Championships in Iran. He was a silver medalist in the 2000 Olympics and won a bronze medal in the 2006 World Championships at the age of 36.
Henson has never served as the head coach of a college program, but has been an assistant at Penn State, Army, Nebraska Cal Poly and Oklahoma before returning to Missouri in 2012.
Henson has also served as the coach of the Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club, from which many of the top wrestlers in the country emerge.
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