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Elder High School wishes to acknowledge and congratulate former longtime wrestling coach Dick McCoy on his upcoming induction into the Ohio Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame on October 15, 2017!

McCoy wrestled at Western Hills High School until 1972, where he earned First Team All-City honors. Following his graduation from high school, he began his coaching career in 1974 where he started as an assistant coach for Western Hills. After his time at Western Hills, McCoy then went on to quick stints at St. Xavier and Walnut Hills before landing his position as head coach at Elder from 1982 to 2013.

During his coaching career, McCoy garnered a 233-87-4 dual record at Elder, seven league titles, five city championships, 15 sectional team titles, one district team title, 308 district qualifiers, 101 state qualifiers, and three state champions. 

McCoy received the Ohio High School State Coach of the year award in 2008, OHSAA Sportsmanship and Integrity Award in 2012, was a five-time Cincinnati Enquirer Coach of the Year, eleven-time GCL Coach of the Year, and was inducted into the OHSWCA and Ohio Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame in 2007 and 2014, respectively. McCoy has also been a Southwestern Ohio Wrestling Coaches Association member and officer for more than 30 years and has been a high school wrestling official for more than 20 years.

I am humbled to be even considered for this, one of the highest honors in high school wrestling, let alone be included. I sure wish my dad was alive to share this with me, very lucky to be able to share it with my mom and entire family.”

The purpose of this HOF banquet is to honor and recognize people for their years of commitment as positive role models to our student-athletes. The Class of 2017 has given countless hours of their time instilling in young people the skills needed to succeed in all areas of life. The "Lifetime Service to Wrestling" award, which McCoy will receive, is for years of dedication to wrestling as a coach, official, or contributor. Recipients will be permanently recognized at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, OK.

Tickets to the induction ceremony at the Embassy Suites in Dublin, OH can be purchased at www.oh-nwhof.ticketleap.com.

PHOTO CREDIT: Tony Catanzaro '94 / TonyCatPhotos.com