Mark Cody, head wrestling coach at University of Oklahoma since April, has completed his staff by adding Jared Frayer and Tyrone Lewis, and retaining assistant coach Michael Lightner, the Sooners announced Tuesday.
- Frayer, hired as an assistant coach, most recently served as an assistant at University of Wisconsin for the past two seasons until he left last month. He also worked as a strength and conditioning coach at University of Iowa, and an assistant at Harvard. Frayer was a two-time NCAA All-American for Oklahoma. In 2000, he earned the Wade Schalles Award for recording the most falls of any college wrestler that season.
- Lewis, the Sooners new volunteer assistant coach, has been an assistant coach at Oklahoma State for three seasons. Prior to that, the El Reno, Okla. native coached at Oklahoma City University. Lewis was a four-time All-American at Oklahoma State, and a two-time Big 12 conference champ.
- Lightner will enter his third season as an assistant coach for Oklahoma. As a wrestler for the Sooners, Lightner was a 2001 NCAA champ at 141 pounds, a four-time All-American, and four-time Big 12 champ.
In introducing his new coaching staff, Cody said, “My goal with putting the staff together was to make sure I had well rounded individuals. I wanted to make sure I had coaches that could go out and recruit and that could also work out with guys on the team. Nothing brings the guys along further than having the coaches work out with them and really helps them get a good feel for what they’re doing right or wrong. I think in that respect we have accomplished that and put a great staff together. I am just really excited about it. My goal was to put together the best staff for the University of Oklahoma. I feel that we not only did that but have put together one of the top staffs in the country right now.”
Cody, who had been named NWCA Coach of the Year at the 2011 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, had been head coach at American University until he was hired by Oklahoma to replace long-time coach Jack Spates, who had announced his retirement effective at the end of the 2010-2011 season to enter the ministry.
Want to know more? Read the official announcement from Oklahoma Sooner wrestling, featuring Cody’s comments on each of his assistant coaches.
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