STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State’s Gary Calcagno has been named the recipient of the 2023 National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Assistant College Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year Award, it was announced Wednesday by the NSCA.
Calcagno is an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at Oklahoma State, where he has been for the past 22 years and has 32 total years of experience in the field. Calcagno assists Rob Glass, Assistant Athletic Director for Strength and Conditioning, with football and is responsible for the strength and conditioning of the Cowboy wrestling program.
Since taking over the strength program for coach John Smith, OSU’s wrestling coach since 1992, the Cowboy wrestling team has won four NCAA team national championships, two NCAA runner-up finishes, 24 individual NCAA championships, 17 Big 12 team titles, 94 Big 12 individual titles, three NWCA National Duals Championships, two Dan Hodge Trophy winners, eight Big 12 Conference Outstanding Wrestler Awards, two Big 12 Conference Wrestler of the Year Awards, one NWCA National Duals Outstanding Wrestler Award, one Wade Schalles Award winner and has had 105 All-America selections.
In addition, three freestyle wrestling team members for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, two freestyle wrestling team members for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, and one freestyle wrestling team member for the 2012 Olympic Games in London were former Oklahoma State wrestlers. Of those Olympic wrestlers trained by Calcagno, Jamill Kelly won silver in 2004 and Coleman Scott won bronze in 2012. Most recently at the 2021 Senior World Championships, Daton Fix won the silver medal. In 2008, Calcagno was awarded the Bob Dellinger Distinguished Service Award from Oklahoma State wrestling.