2000 Olympian and two-time World medalist Cary Kolat of Buies Creek, N.C., has been named as an official volunteer coach for the 2017 U.S. Women’s World Team which will compete in Paris, France.
Kolat enters his fourth season as the head coach at Campbell University, after guiding the Camels to the 2017 Southern Conference Championship. Nathan Kraisser became the first All-American in program history under Kolat’s tutelage.
Kolat placed second in the 1997 World Championships, third in the 1998 World Championships and fourth in the 1999 World Championships in freestyle wrestling. He was a member of the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team, which competed in Sydney, Australia.
He won three World Cup gold medals, in addition to titles at the 1998 Goodwill Games, the 1999 Pan American Games and the 2000 Pan American Championships. Kolat claimed three U.S. Open titles, and made six U.S. Freestyle National teams. He was also a Cadet World Champion in 1989 while a high school student.
Prior to taking over the Campbell program, Kolat was the associate head coach at the University of North Carolina. Kolat has also served on wrestling staffs at Lehigh, Wisconsin, West Virginia and his alma mater, Lock Haven. Throughout his college career, Kolat has coached elite athletes in freestyle wrestling at the Regional Training Centers for each university program.
Cary Kolat is an innovator in providing World-class online wrestling technical instruction through his respected website Kolat.com.
In college, Kolat was a two-time NCAA Div. I champion and four-time All-American. He was the NCAA champion in 1996 and 1997 for Lock Haven, going 25-1 as a junior and 25-0 as a senior. Kolat began his collegiate career at Penn State, where he was an NCAA runner-up as a freshman and third as a sophomore. He completed his college wrestling career with a 111-7 overall record and 53 pins. Kolat earned his Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Lock Haven in 2003.
While at Jefferson-Morgan High in Pennsylvania, Kolat won four-straight state titles and compiled a perfect 137-0 record. He was named Outstanding Wrestler at the state meet each year, an honor no one else had won even twice. While in high school, Kolat was already nationally ranked at the Senior level in freeestyle wrestling, and is considered one of the greatest high school wrestlers of all time.
Kolat was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame as a Distinguished Member in 2017.
Kolat will work with USA Wrestling’s professional national coaching staff, including National Women’s Coach Terry Steiner and Assistant National Coaches Clarissa Chun and Emma Randall. Kolat has worked with the U.S. Senior Women’s World Team during training camps this summer and will help coach the women athletes on the mats in Paris. This will be the first major assignment in Senior women’s wrestling for Kolat, who has been a successful and respected men’s freestyle coaches for many years.