Our Coaches

Our coaches have amassed over two dozen individual NCAA Championships as coaches, a multitude of World and Olympic Team Members, and culminating most recently with a bronze and gold medal in the last two Olympics.

Sam HazeWinkel


Sam Hazewinkel was named the Oklahoma RTC Head Coach on July 1, 2020. Hazewinkel joins the RTC after spending two years at Oklahoma City University. 

The Pensacola, Fla., native, leads the RTC after a two-year head coaching stint with the Stars, where he led them to a sixth-place finish at the 2020 NAIA championships.

Prior to his time at OCU, Hazewinkel spent two years at UCO as the assistant coach. He helped the Bronchos amass 31-5 record in duals, including the program’s first unbeaten dual record in 2016-17.

Hazewinkel helped Bronhco, Eli Hale, to a pair of national championships at 125 pounds.

In addition to Hazewinkel’s previous coaching experience, he also has extensive international and NCAA Division I experience.

A four-time All-American at the University of Oklahoma (2004-2007), Hazewinkel is a two-time Big 12 champion and was the runner-up at the NCAA Championships in 2007.

On the international platform, Hazewinkel has represented the United States at the 2012 Olympics in Paris, France in both freestyle and Greco-Roman and again at the 2018 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. He has competed on nine U.S. national teams, six Greco-Roman and three Freestyle. Hazewinkel is also a two-time freestyle Pan American gold medalist.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from OU in 2007. Hazewinkel and his wife, Rachel, live in Oklahoma City with their two kids Josh and Ava.

Lou Rosselli

University of Oklahoma Head Coach

Lou Rosselli was named the head wrestling coach at the University of Oklahoma on August 30, 2016. Rosselli comes to Norman after spending 10 years on the Ohio State coaching staff.

Rosselli was promoted from Buckeyes assistant coach to associate head coach following the 2008-09 season after helping lead OSU to NCAA runner-up finishes in 2008 and 2009. He also played an integral role in helping deliver the program’s first national championship in 2015.

A native of Middleport, N.Y., Rosselli was named the 2009 National Wrestling Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year and the 2014 USA Wrestling Freestyle Coach of the Year. He mentored four-time NCAA Champion Logan Stieber and two-time champ J Jaggers.

Additionally, the Sooners’ new head coach has had a large presence with USA Wrestling and has served as a volunteer coach for the U.S. Olympic Freestyle Team at both the 2016 Rio Games, where the U.S. earned two medals (one gold), and the 2012 London Games, where the U.S. won three medals (two gold). As a three-time U.S. Freestyle World Team Coach, Rosselli led his squads to third-place finishes at the 2006 and 2011 FILA Wrestling World Championships, and to a fourth-place showing in 2007. He was named the 2007 Terry McCann Freestyle Coach of the Year for his efforts. Rosselli, the 14th head wrestling coach in OU history, was named to the 2015 USA Wrestling coaching staff for the 2015 World Championships, and his 2009 team earned gold at the Pan American Championships. In 2010, he coached the U.S. World University Games Team, and he served as assistant coach when the U.S. placed third at the 2005 World University Games in Izmir, Turkey.

Rosselli was a wrestler on the 1996 U.S. Olympic Team (114.5 pounds), and earned gold at the 1997 World Cup and silver at the 1998 Pan American Championships. He was also a University National Freestyle champ in 1994 before capturing U.S. National Freestyle titles in 1995, 1996 and 1999.

A two-time All-American, Rosselli wrestled collegiately at Edinboro from 1989 to 1993. He was named the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference and Eastern Wrestling League Championships Outstanding Wrestler in his senior season and was a three-time PSAC champion at 118 pounds. In his rookie season, Rosselli was named the EWL Freshman of the Year and became the first freshman from Edinboro to qualify for the NCAA Championships.

Rosselli earned the Young Alumni Award from the Edinboro University Alumni Association and has been named to the Edinboro, Eastern Wrestling League and Greater Buffalo Sports halls of fame.

Prior to his stint with the Buckeyes, Rosselli served as a volunteer assistant coach at Edinboro for three years before being promoted to assistant coach for eight seasons. Rosselli earned a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education from Edinboro in 1993.

Rosselli and his wife Amy are parents to Jordan, Ty and Jaxson.

Teyon Ware

Assistant Coach

 Ware comes from Wyoming being the Assistant coach there, where he helped guide 33 Cowboys to NCAA berths and a 52-31 record in duals. As a Sooner wrestler from 2003-06, Ware won the 141-pound national title in 2003 and 2005 and earned All-America honors in all four seasons.

The Edmond, Okla., native returns to his home state and brings over a decade of coaching experience to the staff. He is a proven developer of multiple weight classes.

In addition to leading 33 Wyoming grapplers to NCAA berths, he helped four wrestlers win Big 12 championships. Under Ware’s guidance, Stephen Buchanan and Bryce Meredith earned All-America honors in 2022 and 2018, respectively.

Prior to his tenure at Wyoming, Ware spent three years at Binghamton, helping send eight Bearcats to the NCAA Championships. Before his time at Binghamton, he was a club coach for the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club, Prodigy Wrestling Club and Oklahoma Underdog Wrestling Club.

Ware went 132-0 and won four state championships at Edmond North High School, winning the national Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award in 2002. He then accumulated a 112-15 record at OU under former head coach Jack Spates.

A member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, Ware excelled on the international stage following his collegiate career at Oklahoma. He won a bronze medal at the 2011 Pan-American Games and wrestled for the United States at the 2011 World Championships.

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