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Greg Randall continues Bronco coaching legacy

Wrestling coach Greg Randall is currently the longest tenured coach at Boise State.

“My goal was to be a Division I head coach no matter what,” Randall said. “Didn’t matter how long it took me and Boise State came in at the end and I took the job.”

He has been with the program a staggering 20 years, 12 as the head coach.

“It’s been good for me,” Randall said. “I have been able to raise a family, live in a nice place, drive nice cars and made it a career, so I can’t complain.”

Randall took over as the head coach for the Broncos in 2002 after serving as an assistant to former Boise State head coach Mike Young.

Since that time, Randall has led the Boise State wrestling team to new heights.

He has an outstanding 112-46-1 record since he took over as coach and has led the Broncos to four Pac 12 championships. Randall has also guided Boise State to seven top-25 finishes at the NCAA Championships and 10 of his wrestlers have become All-American selections.

The statistics speak for themselves—Randall is arguably one of the best coaches in Boise State history and has done  much for the program and the university.

“He is the greatest coach I could ask for,” senior Jake Swartz said. “Having his guidance, motivation and support all these years really helped me.”

His wrestlers just can’t say enough about how much he not only means to the program, but to them as well.

“He is a great person, father, mentor, and he has done a lot for myself and others around me,” senior JT Felix said. “I wouldn’t wrestle for anybody else.”

Before becoming a coach Randall was an outstanding collegiate and international wrestler.  He wrestled for legendary head coach Dan Gable for Iowa.

“Wrestling has always been a part of my life,” Randall said. “I have been blessed because I was able to pursue a career with it.”

Randall has had many memorable moments during his tenure at Boise State but a few moments do stick out for him.

“Being in the corner of Kirk White and Ben Cherrington as they won their NCAA titles was very rewarding,” Randall said.

There are many things throughout the years that Randall has treasured but none is more important than the people he has met.

“I look back and the friendships that you create over the years are the most important part,” Randall said. “I’m really good friends with all my ex wrestlers.”

Randall has enjoyed his time at Boise State and wouldn’t trade it for anything.

“I just love Boise State in general,” Randall said. “I just love the area and the people here are great; the years here have been very rewarding for myself and my family and it will be part of my life forever.”

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Brandon is a senior at Boise State where he is majoring in communication. He transferred to Boise State in 2012 from TVCC in Ontario, Oregon. Brandon has been writing sports for The Arbiter since Spring 2013 and just recently became the Assistant Sports Editor for The Arbiter. He is also involved with the Boise State radio station the Pulse and has several radio shows. His dream job is to work as a sports broadcaster for a big network such as ESPN as well as continuing writing sports for a major newspaper or magazine. In his spare time he watches sports, movies, plays video games, and owns people in ping pong.