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UFC champion Daniel Cormier takes job as HS wrestling coach

April 18, 2018 / Wrestling
UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier has accepted a job as the head wrestling coach at Gilroy High School in California, ESPN reports.

Daniel Cormier | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Cormier has fought in the UFC since 2013 and has extensive background as wrestler. He compiled a 53-10 record wrestling at Oklahoma State University and won gold in the Pan American Games. Cormier (20-1) trains in San Jose, roughly 30 miles north of Gilroy High School. He’s scheduled to fight Stipe Miocic at UFC 226 in July.

From ESPN:

“The job came available in my town and it’s a really good school and program — but most of all, it helps my son,” Cormier told ESPN. “My boy is seven and he has a lot of good partners at AKA, but when you add that team too, it gives him a ton of guys to wrestle with. I believe it will help him on his journey.

“It will also help a lot of the kids on their journey in high school, with the visibility and the notoriety I have. I can get coaches in the room to take a look at these kids and help them get opportunities to go to college. The sport has done so much for me, I just want to give back.”

Cormier said he will donate his salary to his assistant coaches. The school district is expected to officially approve the hiring this week.

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