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.
|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)|