Shannyn J. Gillespie was a U.S. Olympic Training Center resident athlete, an NCAA Division I All-American (3rd pl), Jr. National Freestyle Runner-up, Greco-Roman State Champion, & Illinois H.S. State Champion (IHSA).
He enters his third season as Head Coach for Lakeland University Women’s Wrestling (WI), and past coach at: the U.S. Olympic Education Center (MI), Lincoln College (IL), the Overtime School of Wrestling (IL), & Homewood-Floossmoor High School (IL).
Coach Shannyn also coached for the USA Wrestling National Team Staff & the Mongolian Wrestling Federation (Strength & Conditioning Coach).
He has an extensive background in High Performance Training & coaching teams at: 34 National Championships, 13 international tournaments & camps, 4 World Championships, & 1 Pan American Championship.
Coach Shannyn has coached individuals to: 29 National Championship Gold medals, 15 World or Pan American medals, 5 USA Wrestling Outstanding Wrestler Awards, 5 NJCAA All-Americans, 1 IHSA Silver medal, & 1 Olympic Bronze medal.
For his outstanding career as a coach & athlete, Shannyn J. Gillespie was inducted to these Halls of Fame: Illinois Wrestling Coaches & Officials Association, Eastern Wrestling League, Lock Haven University, & Evanston Township High School.
Coach Shannyn and his wife Emily live in Chicago and have two college aged daughters Jazmyn & Kayla.
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