Matt Lindland, a 2000 Olympic silver medalist for the U.S., has been named National Greco-Roman coach, according to a release by Team USA.
Lindland will replace Steve Fraser, who is now the Chief of Donor and Alumni Relations for the National Teams Department.
“We are excited to have Matt join our staff at USA Wrestling. As one of our greatest warriors in U.S. Greco Roman history, Matt will bring that same tenacity and drive to recruiting, preparing, and leading our best and brightest into World and Olympic competition. After an extensive process, Matt separated himself as the obvious choice to design and direct this program into the future,” USA Wrestling Executive Director Rich Bender said. “The U.S. Greco Roman program took a big step forward today.”
Lindland (22-9) competed in MMA from 1997-2011, losing to Mamed Khalidov via submission. He also fell to Robbie Lawler in Strikeforce that year via knockout.
From 2000-03, Lindland fought for the UFC, going 7-2, including victories over Pat Miletich and Phil Baroni. He returned in ’04 and lost to David Terrell before fighting twice more in ’05 and winning twice.
“For me, it is an honor to serve in this capacity. If there was any position I ever wanted, it would be to lead USA Wrestling in the Olympic Games and World Championships, and help our team win medals,” Lindland said. “My goal is to win Olympic medals and prepare our athletes to execute at the most important tournaments. When I get into the position, I will have a better idea of what goals to set for this Olympic cycle and into the future. I want to get us back to where we are the best team in the world again.”
Lindland fought the likes of Jeremy Horn, Carlos Newton, Fedor Emelianenko, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Vitor Belfort and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza during his career.