Olympic gold medalist Kenny Monday will become Morgan State University’s men’s wrestling coach, effective Aug. 24. In the role, Monday will lead the school’s wrestling program, which has been on hiatus for 25 years.
Monday was the first Black wrestler in history to win an Olympic gold medal. He is also a National Wrestling Hall of Fame inductee, three-time Olympian, and former NCAA All-American standout.
Morgan is the only HBCU to have NCAA Division I Varsity-level wrestling. Its first full season of new wrestling is set for 2023–24.
Previously, Monday was director of wrestling and head wrestling coach at Spire Academy since 2021.
“Wrestling is officially back at the National Treasure, Morgan State University! With the hiring of Coach Monday and the vast, winning experience he brings from competing at the highest echelons, we are certain to return to our championship glory and become a destination for student-athletes desiring top-level coaching and exceptional academic programs,” said Dr. David Wilson, president of Morgan. “It isn’t every day that you can bring in a leader the caliber of Coach Kenny Monday…someone who has successfully competed and coached at the high school, collegiate and professional levels and has won throughout his career. So, when there was a mutual interest in having him become a part of the Morgan family, we made it happen without hesitation.”