Mark Moos, former University of Michigan wrestler and Ohio high school state champ, will be the new head wrestling coach at Lorain High School, the school’s athletic director Brian Koury announced Tuesday.
Moos, who served as an assistant wrestling coach at various schools in northern Ohio since 2008, will replace Jim Kudrin at Lorain, located west of Cleveland.
Moos made a name for himself on the mats at nationally-ranked Lakewood St. Edward High School. While Moos was wrestling for the prep powerhouse in suburban Cleveland, St. Ed won four state team titles… while Moos claimed two state titles of his own. In 1998, Moos became the first Ohio wrestler to win national championships in both freestyle and Greco-Roman at the Cadet National Championships in Fargo, N.D. Moos was also the 2002 National High School champion.
At Michigan, Moos was a four-year letterwinner, four-year starter, and three-time qualifier for the NCAA championships. While in Ann Arbor, Moos helped the Wolverines win two Big Ten team titles, and assisted in the team’s runner-up finish in the title race at the 2005 NCAAs.
For the past five seasons, Moos has gained coaching experience, working as an assistant at Lorain Southview, St. Edward, and, this past season, Avon Lake.
“I really wanted to be a head coach,” Moos told Shaun Bennett of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram. “There’s been other opportunities, just not the right one.”
According to the Chronicle-Telegram, Moos found out about the opening at Lorain from former University of Illinois wrestler Mark Jayne, who, like Moos, wrestled at St. Ed. Jayne had interviewed for the Lorain job, but instead joined the St. Ed Eagles staff.
“When (Jayne) didn’t take it, I contacted (athletic director) Bryan (Koury) and asked to talk to him about it,” Moos said. “Now … here we are.”
Moos is eager to get to work.
“I’m familiar with most of the Lorain kids already,” Moos told Tim Bielik of the Lorain Morning Journal. “This is going to be exciting to watch them keep on getting better. We really have a nice team next year. It will be exciting. Real exciting.”
“I’ve always had a soft spot for Lorain,” Moos continued. “The kids around here, their work ethic, it’s just a good environment once you get the kids broken in and get them tuned in. There’s just so many athletes that waste their talent around here that it would definitely be nice to help them get to the next level.”
Moos plans to use his experience at legendary programs in his new job coaching the Lorain Titans.
“I’ve always been around winning teams,” Moos said. “I’ve had great coaches and the whole St. Ed’s coaching staff and at Michigan, their staff was outstanding, too. You take bits and pieces from all the coaches that you’ve had and put it together. I think you can teach kids a lot from that.”
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