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Sunderland named as Manheim Central HS head coach

August 17th, 2009 by Tom

The Manheim Central school board approved the hiring of former Penn State coach Troy Sunderland as its head wrestling coach during a school board meeting Tuesday night.

Sunderland, who resigned from Penn State on April 4, replaces Shane Mack, who had coached the Barons since 2005.

The coaching job will be Sunderland's first at the high school level. Sunderland served as an assistant at Penn State and Navy before replacing John Fritz as the Nittany Lions' head coach in 1999.

Sunderland, 38, led Penn State to an 8-12-2 record and 17th-place finish at the NCAA Championships during his final season at Penn State. Sunderland went 115-90-2 and coached 27 All-Americans in 11 years at Penn State.

Sunderland becomes the 15th head coach in Manheim Central history. The Barons, who compete in District 3, have recorded more than 700 dual meet wins since the school introduced the sport in 1926. The program has produced eight state champions and 13 PIAA runner-ups since 1943. The school also conducts one of the state's top high school tournaments " the Manheim Holiday Tournament.

Sunderland's wife, JoAnn, was hired as Manheim Central High School's in-school suspension monitor, according to the Lancaster Intelligencer Journal/New Era.

Sunderland attended high school at Mount Union, where he captured two PIAA titles. Sunderland then advanced to two NCAA finals during his career at Penn State.

Cael Leaving for Penn State

April 19th, 2009 by Tom

By K.J. Pilcher

The Gazette

A source associated with the Iowa State wrestling program has confirmed that Cael Sanderson is leaving Iowa State University and will be named the head coach at Penn State University to replace the recently resigned Troy Sunderland.

The source said an Iowa State team meeting was scheduled for 3 p.m. today.

The Center Daily Times, which covers Penn State, had reported in its Friday edition that Sanderson was at Penn State interviewing for job.

Rumors and Internet comments had been flying about the situation since Thursday.

Sunderland resigned this month after 11 years as head coach. Penn State spokesman Pat Donghia said Thursday the university had no comment on the search process.

Sanderson, an Iowa State alumnus, recently completed his third season coaching the Cyclones. Iowa State finished third behind Iowa and Ohio State during last month's NCAA Championships. The Cyclones also won the Big 12 Tournament title and finished 15-3 in dual meets.

Sanderson went 159-0 during his college career at Iowa State. He captured his fourth NCAA title in 2002 and claimed a gold medal two years later at the Athens Olympics. Sanderson replaced Bobby Douglas as the Cylcones' head coach in 2006.

Sanderson has deep ties to Iowa State. His older brother, Cody, is the school's associate head coach, while his younger brother, Cyler, wrestles for the Cyclones.

Sanderson received a base salary of $132,500 during the 2008 fiscal year, according to Iowa public records.

Sanderson, 29, is one of multiple high-profile coaches who have been in contact with Penn State. According to multiple sources, the search committee has interviewed more than a half-dozen coaches.

Sunderland Resigns as Penn State Coach

April 9th, 2009 by Tom

Troy Sunderland Resigns as Head Coach of Penn State Wrestling Program
Penn State to conduct immediate nationwide search for successor

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Troy Sunderland has resigned as head coach of the Nittany Lion wrestling program, effective today, Director of Athletics Tim Curley announced. Penn State will begin a national search for his successor immediately.

Sunderland, a 1993 Penn State graduate, recently completed his 11th season as head coach of the Nittany Lions. He leaves Penn State with a 115-90-2 overall dual meet record, having coached Penn State to four top 10 finishes at the NCAA Championships, including a third place finish last year. This past season, Penn State went 8-12-2 and placed 17th at nationals. Sunderland has coached three individual National Champions, 24 All-Americans and seven Big Ten Champions during his tenure.

"I am proud of what we've accomplished at Penn State during my tenure as head coach, "Sunderland said. "While we did not achieve the ultimate goal of winning a national title, I feel that this program is on the cusp of accomplishing that elusive goal. I am pleased with where this program is headed and wish the next coach here the best of luck as the Penn State wrestling family continues to strive for the national title."

Sunderland was a three-time All-American as a wrestler at Penn State, becoming a national runner-up twice. An EWL and Big Ten Champion, Sunderland ended his Penn State wrestling career with a 100-13-3 overall record.

"Troy Sunderland has always represented Penn State with honor and integrity, "Curley said. "As an athlete and a coach, he has embodied the values of Penn State athletics. We are thankful for all he has given to this University and wish him all the best."

Sources Say Sunderland Era Over at Penn State

March 29th, 2009 by Tom

Sources: Sunderland era over at PSU

Posted by ANDY ELDER, For The Patriot-News

CRAIG HOUTZ, Centre Daily Times

According to two sources close to the Penn State wrestling team, the Troy Sunderland era of Penn State wrestling is officially over. The 11-year coach of the Nittany Lions met with athletic director Tim Curley on Thursday morning and was told he could either resign or be fired. As of right now, no decision has been made by Sunderland.
The future of Sunderland and assistant coaches Matt Dernlan, Aaron Anspach and Mark Perry are uncertain as the new coach would almost assuredly want to bring his own people with him. Sunderland amassed a 115-90-2 record in his 11 seasons. He coached 27 All-Americans and guided three wrestlers to national championships. In addition, under his tutelage, seven other wrestlers were NCAA finalists.

Penn State was 8-11-2 overall this season and 1-6-2 in the Big Ten, where the Lions placed ninth in the 11-team standings. At the NCAA meet in St. Louis last weekend, Penn State finished 17th in the team race. This story was first reported on bwi.rivals.com.