Gary Mayabb Joins Iowa Women’s Wrestling Coaching Staff as Associate Head Coach

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IOWA CITY, Iowa – United States wrestling staffer Gary Mayabb will join the University of Iowa women’s wrestling program as an associate head coach, head coach Clarissa announced Friday. Chun.

“I’ve seen firsthand the work Gary has done with USA Wrestling and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work with and alongside him in building this program,” Chun said. “We worked on different programs (at USA Wrestling), but I got to see all the work he put into building the male Greco in the United States.

“Gary is a hard worker, unites people and is well connected. He has been training the developmental age group through to senior level athletes for decades, so he knows how to interact with different athletes.

“During the interview process, it was clear that our values ​​aligned with how we wanted to build this program. Gary has high integrity and will serve our student-athletes well.

For more than three decades, Mayabb held various positions in USA Wrestling and was an accomplished high school wrestling coach in Kansas City, Missouri, winning seven State Tag Team Championships.

“The University of Iowa is a special place for wrestling,” Mayabb said. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Coach Chun and the historic women who are committed to developing our sport.”

Mayabb (MAY-abb) served as Director of Greco-Roman Programs for USA Wrestling from 2017-22, where he directly oversaw the day-to-day operations of the Greco-Roman program as well as development at the U20-U17-U15 age group. groups. He was also a five-time staff member of the U.S. Olympic team’s training camp.

As a USA Wrestling NCEP Gold Level Certified Coach, Mayabb was also named USA Wrestling Regional Development Coach of the Year, National Junior Greco-Roman Coach of the Year American Wrestling and National Greco-Roman Coach of the Year for American Wrestling Cadets. He was also the head coach of the Missouri Greco-Roman Cadet and Junior National Team from 1987 to 2016, where he worked with 17 champions and 71 All-Americans.

At the high school level, Mayabb served as head coach at Oak Park and Staley High Schools. He is a two-time NWCA Region Coach of the Year and State Coach of the Year, a five-time MWA Coach of the Year, and a two-time NSHSAA Coach of the Year.

He led Oak Park High School to six MSHSAA tag team state titles, including five consecutive. His team was nationally ranked eight times during his tenure, and his athletes won 38 individual state titles, 96 state medalists, and 145 state qualifiers.

Mayabb moved to Staley High School, becoming the first head coach in the program’s history. He led the team to a tag team championship in 2017, as well as four top-four finishes, six individual state titles, 34 state spots, and 59 state qualifiers. During his career, over 100 former student-athletes have coached at all levels.

As a competitor, Mayabb competed at the University of Central Missouri, where he was an NCAA qualifier and the MIAA Conference’s Most Outstanding Wrestler. The team’s two-time captain was a US Open runner-up in 1990 and qualified for the Olympic Trials four times (1980, 1984, 1988, 1992). He is a member of the Hall of Legends and the Central Missouri Athletics Hall of Fame, as well as other Missouri Halls of Fame.

Mayabb has been a member of the Missouri Wrestling Association, National Wrestling Coaches Association, Collegiate Wrestling Officials Association, National Wrestling Officials Association, and United States Wrestling Officials Association. He was also a collegiate official from 1985 to 2017 and, during that time, was an official for the Big Ten Conference from 2006 to 2017 and an NCAA championship official from 2000 to 2017.

Mayabb graduated from Central Missouri with a degree in Secondary Education and he earned his Masters in Teaching Program with a major in Psychology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Mayabb and his wife, Dorothy, have three daughters – Katie (husband, Brent), Kelsey and Breeley and two granddaughters, Eloise and Remy.