After more than ten years of guiding the Boise State wrestling program, Greg Randall has established himself as one of the top collegiate coaches in the country. Randall has led the Broncos to the top of the Pac-12 Conference four times, to go along with seven top-25 finishes at the NCAA Championships. In his 11 seasons since being promoted to head coach, Randall's teams have finished in the top-three at the conference tournament 10 times.
Taking over the program following the 2001-02 season, Randall has led the Broncos to a dual match record of 112-46-1 the past 10 seasons for a 70.7 winning percentage. In that time 10 of his wrestlers earned 15 NCAA All-America honors while capturing 29 individual Pac-10 championships.
Randall's league finishes include the 2004, 2008, 2009 and 2011 Pac-10 championships, runner-up finishes in 2003, 2005, 2010, 2012, and 2013 and a third-place finish in 2006.
In 2011, Randall's Broncos placed ninth at the NCAA Championships with a competitor at every weight class. The 10 participants and ninth-place finish each set program records. The team had previously wrestled to an 11th-place finish in 2010, 12th-place finishes in 2003 and 2009, 19th place in 2013 as well as 24th-place finishes in 2006 and 2008.
In 2007-08 Randall earned his first Pac-10 Coach of the Year award, which came in part to his team's dominating performance at the league championships. Boise State scored the third-highest Pac-10 tournament score in history with 152.5 total points. With the win the Broncos also sent nine wrestlers on to the national tournament, which was highlighted by Kirk Smith's eighth-place finish at 184 pounds.
A year later, Randall would repeat as Pac-10 Coach of the Year, winning the conference championship and crowing six individual champions.
In 2006 Randall guided his first NCAA individual champion as a head coach with Ben Cherrington capturing the national title in the 157-pound weight class. Cherrington was the second wrestler Randall has helped to a first-place finish at the NCAA tournament. In 1999 as an assistant coach for the Broncos, Randall helped guide Kirk White to the 165-pound national title.
Randall became just the third head wrestling coach in the past 41 years at Boise State when he was promoted to the head coaching position on April 5, 2002, following the retirement of longtime head coach Mike Young.
Prior to taking over the top coaching position, Randall was known as one of the top assistants in the country, helping the Broncos to two Pac-10 championships and several top-20 finishes at the NCAA tournament during his 10 years under Young.
His success as an assistant carried over in his first year at the helm of the Bronco program (2002-03) when he was named "Rookie Coach of the Year" by Amateur Wrestling News.
Since Randall joined the Bronco wrestling program 20 years ago, 16 individuals have earned a total of 24 NCAA All-America awards. Current assistant coach Kirk White came away with three of those All-America awards (during the 1999 season which came en route to his national individual title, along with 2000 and 2001). Along with the three won by White, six other Broncos have also been multiple winners of the national honor. They are Larry Quisel (third in 1999 and second in 2000 at 157 pounds), Cash Edwards (seventh in 2000 and sixth in 2001 at 184 pounds), Ben VomBaur (fourth in 2002 and sixth in 2003 at 125 pounds), Smith (eighth in 2008 and second in 2010 at 184 pounds), Andrew Hochstrasser (fourth in 2009 and second in 2011 at 133 pounds) and Hall (third in 2010 and fifth in 2011 at 157 pounds).
Broncos earning single NCAA All-America honors with Randall as an assistant or head coach include Nels Nelson (seventh in 1992 at 150 pounds), Rusty Cook (fourth in 2001 at 197 pounds), Charles Burton (third in 1996 at 167 pounds), Collin Robertson (sixth in 2003 at 149 pounds), Boe Rushton (third in 2003 at heavyweight), Cherrington (first in 2005 at 157 pounds), Sherfey (eighth in 2009 at 165 pounds), Chriswell (sixth in 2009 at 197 pounds) and Jason Chamberlain (third in 2011 at 149 pounds).
Burton went on to become Boise State's first student-athlete to become a member of a United States Olympic team. The native of Meridian, Idaho, represented the United States at 2000 Sydney Games competing in the freestyle division, where he placed fifth in the 87-kilogram (187.25-pound) weight class.
A 1987 graduate of the University of Iowa, Randall was a three-time NCAA All-American for legendary coach Dan Gable. In 2003 Randall had the honor to serve as an assistant to Gable for the U.S. World Cup wrestling team.
Randall wrestled in the 134-pound weight class at Iowa, helping the Hawkeyes to four NCAA national championships. He was a three-time All-American, finishing runner-up for the national championship in 1984 and 1986. As a junior in 1985 he placed fifth at the national tournament.
Randall was a Big 10 Conference champion in 1985 and received the award for the "Most Falls in the Least of Amount of Time". In 1985, 1986 and 1987 he was selected as a participant for the East-West All-Star Wrestling Classic. Following his 1987 season Randall received Iowa's McGivern Award, which is presented each year to the team's most courageous wrestler.
Competing at the international level in 1989, Randall captured the gold medal for his weight class at the Pan American Games. He has also been a runner-up at the U.S. Open Nationals and placed second at the 1989 U.S. Olympic Festival.
A four-time state high school champion in Iowa during his prep career, Randall was inducted into the Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame located at the Wrestling Institute in Newton, Iowa, in March of 2002, and in the state of Iowa High School Hall of Fame in 1995. He is also a two-time junior national champion.
Prior to joining the Bronco coaching staff, Randall was an assistant coach at the University of Minnesota.
Randall, and his wife Chris, have three children - Rylee (17), Shea (16) and Brittlyn (11).
|Year||Overall||Pac-12||Pac-12 Finish||NCAA Finish|
|2002-13||11-3||6-1||2nd (127.0 pts.)||12th (45.0 pts.)|
|2003-04||9-3||4-2||1st (94.5 pts.)||37th (9.5 pts.)|
|2004-05||9-7||4-3||2nd (93.0 pts.)||33rd (12.0 pts.)|
|2005-06||8-5||4-3||3rd (97.0 pts.)||24th (31.5 pts.)|
|2006-07||10-3||6-2||9h (58.5 pts.)||no score|
|2007-08||10-2||7-1||1st (152.5 pts.)||24th (21.0 pts.)|
|2008-09||17-3||8-0||1st (172.5 pts.)||12th (46.5 pts.)|
|2009-10||14-3||7-0||2nd (125.0 pts.)||11th (43.5 pts.)|
|2010-11||10-3-1||3-0-1||1st (147.0 pts.)||9th (57.5 pts.)|
|2011-12||4-9||1-5||2nd (129 pts.)||51st (3.5 pts.)|
|2012-13||10-5||6-1||2nd (136.5 pts.)||19th (29.0 pts.)|