Head Coach - 10th Season
Duroe, the 2009-10 Iowa Conference Coach of the Year and owner of the five winningest dual seasons in school history, enters his 10th season as Cornell College's head wrestling coach.
Duroe has fashioned a 106-71-2 dual mark on the Hilltop with 34 national qualifiers and 16 all-Americans. The Rams have reached the 10-win mark in seven of the past nine seasons under Duroe, including the record-setting 15-9-1 club in 2005-06.
Duroe has brought Cornell wrestling back to national prominence, placing in the Top 20 at the NCAA Division III Championships six times since 2007. The 2013-14 team finished 11-5 in duals, took 16th at nationals and crowned the program's first NCAA champion since 1990 in 197-pounder Alex Coolidge, who also won two Central Region titles in a Ram singlet.
The Rams had three NCAA qualifiers in 2013-14. The previous season, Cornell sent two wrestlers to nationals, led by NCAA runner-up Coolidge.
The 2011-12 Rams finished 11-4 in duals and were ranked as high as No. 5 in the NWCA Poll. Cornell qualified five wrestlers for nationals and crowned seven NWCA Scholar All-Americans, the most in Division III.
Rams placed 17th at the 2011 national meet behind seven qualifiers and a pair of all-Americans. It marked the fifth year in a row Cornell crowned multiple all-Americans at nationals. The Rams finished the campaign 14-8-1 overall and 6-2 in IIAC duals.
Duroe's 2009-10 squad placed 12th at nationals and landed two all-Americans. The team finished 14-11 in dual competition and scored a school-best third-place finish at the 2010 IIAC Championships while crowning a pair of conference champions.
The Rams etched back-to-back top-10 national finishes in 2007-08 (seventh) and 2008-09 (eighth), a feat not matched since the 1950 and 1951 seasons. Cornell crowned three all-Americans in 2009, led by national runner-up Nick Nothern. The Rams' seventh-place showing in 2008 marked the program's highest national finish since 1963. The 2007-2008 squad fielded four all-Americans, the most in a season in 58 years.
Duroe is an accomplished coaching figure at the collegiate, national and world levels. The Charles City native has been an assistant on the U.S. Men's Freestyle coaching staff in four Olympic Games (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008) and also served as head coach of Guam's freestyle wrestling team at the 2008 Games in Beijing. He was a member of the U.S. coaching staff for the Pan American Games in 2003 and 2007 and was named Volunteer Coach of the Year by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) in 2006 and 2007.
Duroe coached the 2007 U.S. Pan American Games team which won seven medals, and was head coach of the U.S. Freestyle World Team in 2005 and 2006. He was head coach of the University of Iowa Hawkeye Wrestling Club from 2003-05 and selected USA Freestyle Coach of the Year in 2005.
Prior to coming to Cornell, Duroe was head coach at Northern Michigan University, head coach at New Trier (Ill.) High School, an assistant at the University of Pennsylvania and head coach of the Northwestern University Wildcat Wrestling Club.
At Northern Michigan from 1980-85, Duroe compiled an 82-27 record with 23 All-Americans and two NCAA champions. For two years he was in charge of the Northwestern Wildcat Wrestling Club before leading New Trier from 1986-98. From 1998-2001 Duroe was national resident coach at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. He was the head assistant coach at the University of Pennsylvania from 2001-03 before joining the Hawkeye Wrestling Club in 2003.
Duroe graduated from Drake University in 1978 with a bachelor's degree in education. He was a four-year letterwinner and two-time team captain for the Bulldogs. Duroe competed four years on the U.S. National Team (1981-84) and was crowned National AAU Freestyle champion in 1983.