Walnut Creek, Calif. - Boise State University Head Wrestling Coach Greg Randall was named the Pacific-10 Coach of the Year and Kirk Smith captured Pac-10 Freshman/Newcomer of the Year as announced by Pac-10 Commissioner Tom Hansen, Wednesday, Apr. 2.
Boise State University wrestler Kirk Smith became the first true freshman to earn NCAA All-American honors as he captured eighth place at the 2008 NCAA Wrestling Championships. He took second place at 184-pounds at the Pacific-10 Championships along with first place finishes at the Cowboy Open and the Southern Scuffle. For the season he posted a 28-6 record including one pinfall and five major decisions.
Head coach Greg Randall led Boise State to its fourth Pac-10 Championship in the last eight seasons. His team earned 152.5 points at the conference championship for the third highest point total in Pac-10 wrestling history. The team went 10-2 in dual matches including a 7-1 record in Pac-10 matches. Under the guidance of Randall, Boise State wrestlers captured two Pac-10 conference titles (133 and 174-pounds), four second place finishes and three third place finishes. At the NCAA National Championships, Randall guided the first true freshman in Boise State history, Smith, to NCAA All-American honors.
Adam Hall, a freshman from Bonners Ferry, Idaho, earned Pac-10 All-Academic honors. To be eligible for the award the student-athlete must accumulate a respectable grade point average and be a starter or significant contributor on the team. Hall earned the honors with a 3.27 GPA while posting a record of 25-7.