Kirk Trost enters his 23rd season as a member of the University of Michigan wrestling coaching staff and will begin his 11th year as the top assistant coach under Joe McFarland. Honored as the 2005 NWCA Assistant Coach of the Year, Trost has been an integral part of the Wolverines' wrestling achievements for more than two decades. While his specialty lies with the upper weights, Trost's experience in all styles of wrestling gives him the ability to help the entire team in all phases of the sport.
During Trost's coaching tenure, Michigan has established an impressive lineage of upperweight and heavyweight wrestlers, including three consecutive multiple All-American heavyweights in Airron Richardson (1995-98), Matt Brink (1999-2002) and Greg Wagner (2003-06). Considered by many Wolverines as the room's toughest workout partner, Trost also developed several Big Ten champion and All-American upperweights, including Fritz Lehrke (1989-91), Kyle Smith (2000-03) and Jehad Hamdan (1992-95), the latter of which Trost coached at the 2003 World Championships in New York, N.Y.
A teammate of head coach Joe McFarland when both were student-athletes at Michigan, Trost has represented the Wolverine wrestling program at the collegiate and international levels as both a participant and a coach. He capped an outstanding collegiate career by capturing the 1986 NCAA heavyweight title, defeating Iowa State's John Heropoulos 6-3 in the championship bout. He became Michigan's 12th different national champion and recorded the program's 17th national crown. A two-time NCAA All-American, Trost was the heavyweight runner-up in 1985, making him one of 15 Wolverine wrestlers to advance to the NCAA final in consecutive seasons. He is also one of just 15 Wolverines to qualify all four years to the NCAA Championships, where he compiled a 9-3 record in the 190-pound and heavyweight divisions.
A four-year Michigan letterwinner (1983-84-85-86), Trost's 139-48 career mark ranks fifth all-time in wins at Michigan. He compiled 71 victories in dual meets, Big Ten and NCAA tournament competition. and posted back-to-back 44-win seasons during his last two years, including an undefeated dual-meet campaign as a senior. Trost's 23 consecutive victories during the 1985-86 season ranks ninth on Michigan's all-time consecutive wins list.
Upon the completion of his successful collegiate career at Michigan, Trost pursued an international wrestling career that kicked off with a third-place finish in the 220-pound class at the 1987 Olympic Festival. He went on to claim the 1987 World Cup title, defeating Akmed Atovov, the Soviet Union's top wrestler, 8-2 in Mongolia. He also captured the gold medal at the 1990 Pan-American Games and claimed bronze at the 1990 World Championships and the 1991 World Cup.
Trost competed at the 1988 U.S. Olympic Trials where he was the runner-up at 220 pounds. He traveled to Seoul, South Korea, as an alternate on the U.S. Olympic Team and was the 1990 World Championships bronze medalist. A member of the USA freestyle team since 1987, Trost won the 1993 U.S. Freestyle National Championship and placed third in the 1992 Olympic Trials.
A 1998 inductee to the Illinois Wrestling Hall of Fame, Trost was a runner-up and third-place finisher at the Illinois State High School Championships while a student-athlete at Lincoln-Way High School.
A native of New Lenox, Ill., Trost graduated from Michigan in 1986. He currently resides in Pinckney with his wife Theresa, daughter Elise and son Lance.