July 23, 2002
Stanford, Calif. -
USA Wrestling announced that Chris Horpel will be the head coach of the 2002 U.S. Women's World Team and Joe Corso will serve as assistant coach. The U.S. Women's World Team will compete at the 2002 Women's World Championships, in Halkida, Greece, Nov. 2-3. The U.S. team was determined at the 2002 World Team Trials in Saint Paul, Minn., June 21-23. Former Cardinal wrestler Patricia Miranda will be on the U.S. squad at 105.5 pounds.
Horpel currently serves as the head coach of the Dave Schultz Wrestling Club, one of the world's top international wrestling clubs, and as Director of Wrestling for Stanford. The DSWC sponsors national and international stars in men's freestyle, women's freestyle and men's Greco-Roman. He stepped down as the head coach at Stanford in the 2001-02 season after 23 seasons at the helm to assume his current position. As Stanford's head coach, Horpel produced seven NCAA Division I All-Americans, ten Pacific-10 Conference champions and qualified Stanford wrestlers to the NCAA Championships in all but one season. His primary focus in the new job is the promotion and longevity of wrestling at Stanford.
"I'm very excited," said Horpel. "Because women's wrestling has been added to the 2004 Olympics, there has been a more committed attitude by the athletes. Looking at who has made our team, our prospects are excellent in returning as World Champions. Although this is my first women's team, I have coached the DSWC women as well as team member Patricia Miranda [during her Stanford career]. It will be a fun and interesting experience for me. I was very impressed at the World Team Trials. Our athletes have made huge strides."
Corso has coached numerous U.S. Women's teams in international competition. Corso was the head coach of the 2001 Women's World Team,which placed seventh in the World Championships and featured two medalists. He was also the head coach of the 1998 Women's World Team,which placed third in the World Championships in Poznan, Poland and featured World Champion Tricia Saunders. Corso was head coach of the 1990 U.S. Women's World team, which placed sixth in the World Championships in Lulea, Sweden. He has also served as a coach and administrator for the Sunkist Kids club,which has won numerous national team titles on the Senior and age-group levels in both men's and women's wrestling.
The United States is a World power in women's freestyle wrestling,having claimed the World team title in 1999 and placing among the top teams at the World Championships every year since entering for the first time in 1989.