Former Pitt wrestler and head coach Rande Stottlemyer passed away over the weekend at the age of 62. The athletic department’s website has details on arrangements.
Stottlemyer’s name is synonymous with the Pitt wrestling program. As a wrestler for the program in the 1970s, he was a three-time All-American. He jumped right into coaching as an assistant at Pitt in 1978 upon his graduation and took over full-time head coaching responsibilities the following season. He’d hold onto that job until retiring in 2013 after coaching three national champions (Pat Santoro twice and now head coach Keith Gavin) and 33 All-Americans.
Prior to its move to the ACC, Pitt wrestled in the Eastern Wrestling League and he was named as the conference’s Coach of the Year five times.