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OSU Wrestling Coach Smith to Teach Coaching Class This Fall

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Oklahoma State University Wrestling Coach John Smith will be teaching an elective class for the Coaching Science minor in the College of Education this fall. 

The class is entitled Building and Sustaining a High School Wrestling Program. Although wrestling is the focus of this class, the knowledge students will gain is applicable to other sports. 

“I see a real need to help develop coaches today and give them a level of education that will result in a life-long coaching career,” said Smith, who earned a physical education degree at OSU in 1988. “A long-term coach must learn that managing student-athletes is far more important than a double-leg takedown. When they are prepared to manage, the sport part becomes easy.” 

The Coaching Science minor launched in 2013 and is led by Dr. Tim Baghurst.Tim Baghurst and Coach John Smith

“I’m very excited to have Coach Smith contribute to our program, and his knowledge and experience in sports are such an invaluable tool for those seeking to coach during their careers,” said Baghurst. “Coach Smith first approached me about teaching this class, and that he would voluntarily offer his time and expertise to help educate our students says a lot about his character, his own wrestling program, and OSU Athletics. His contributions, along with many other successful coaches, provide a coaching education that I believe is one of the best in the nation.”

Building and Sustaining a High School Wrestling Program is scheduled for the Fall 2017 semester with a limited capacity of 25 and may fill quickly. More information on the OSU Coaching Science minor can be found by visiting or by contacting Dr. Tim Baghurst (405) 744-4346;