| JACK SPATES : A LEGENDARY COACH
By Jim & Tony Nordland
* From Kings Park & Smithtown HS, Long Island, NY
* 1970 New York State champion
* HS All-American
* 1973 NCAA Division II National Champion - 118 pounds
* 1974 NCAA Finalist for Slippery Rock, PA
* Compiled a 118-8 collegiate mark
* Coached at Cornell University - 1989 to 1993
* Coached at Oklahoma University for the past 18 years
* Compiled an overall dual mark of: 317-111-13
* 3-time Big 12 Coach of theYear
* 2006 National Coach of the Year
* 58 NCAA All-Americans
* 6 national champions
* NCAA Third Place Team Finishes - 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006
* Quotes from Coach Spates:
" I'm retiring from coaching but I'm not retiring from wrestling."
" I could never have envisioned the career I've had in the sport." He
added: "Wrestling has been special to me and has impacted my whole life."
Coach Jack Spates has been special to wrestling as an ambassador for the sport. We will miss him matside and wish him the Best of Luck.