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Dan Gable

Since 1997, WIN has annually named its Coach of the Year by Dan Gable.

Dan Gable is arguably the greatest coach the sport has ever produced. As a wrestler, the native of Waterloo compiled a 118-1 record and won two NCAA titles (1969 and 1970) before capturing the 1972 Olympic gold medal in freestyle. As a coach, he led the Iowa program for 21 years (1977-97) and produced 15 team championship, 45 individual titlists and 144 All-Americans.

The following is a list of the all-time winners of the award.

Year Name
2013 Cael Sanderson, Penn State, & Jim Miller Wartburg
2012 J Robinson, Minnesota
2011 Cael Sanderson, Penn State
2010 Tom Brands, Iowa
2009 Mark Manning, Nebraska
2008 Tom Brands, Iowa
2007 Brian Smith, Missouri
2006 Mike Denney, Nebraska-Omaha
2005 Rob Koll, Cornell
2004 Jim Miller, Wartburg
2003 John Smith, Oklahoma State
2002 Bobby Douglas, Iowa State
2001 J Robinson, Minnesota
2000 Greg Strobel, Lehigh
1999 Jim Zalesky, Iowa
1998 Tom Borrelli (Central Michigan) and J Robinson (Minnesota)
1997 Lars Jensen (San Francisco State) and Mark Johnson (Illinois)