Lou Rosselli - Pinning Success

Once a month, C Magazine interviews a prominent Columbus figure to discuss what makes them tick. This month, we caught up with ultra successful wrestling coach Lou Rosselli, who, as an assistant at The Ohio State University, is making a case for coaching at the 2012 Olympics in London.  

So when you’re training someone, how do you know how hard to push them? I think that you have to kind of just take it as each day being different and pay attention to the guys on your team and what they need. I don’t believe that there’s an optimal way to do it, like some people would say there’s a certain amount of reps that you need, but I try to push them to points and thresholds that they haven’t been to yet. It’s a lot of checks and balances.

What do you think it is about wrestling that made it such a passion in your life? I think that when you coach, you want people to have success and you want them to live up to things you were capable of doing and some of the things that you couldn’t do. I just really want to see the seven or eight guys I’m training have the success that they want. I’m passionate because it’s my job to be, but I’m really passionate about what they do, because I want to see them succeed. 

As far as I can tell, you are involved with a ton of different teams. How do you kind of balance it and keep it all straight? It’s time-consuming, for sure. First and foremost, I have to handle the Ohio State guys, then there’s RTC (Regional Training Center) that we do as a separate entity from OSU. I’ve done from the world championships to the Pan Am games to time spent here. It’s a lot of work.

Did you think that wrestling would take you to the point you are now in your life? I don’t think that anyone has ever just said that it was going to take you to 20 different countries and so on, but I just think the better you get at it, the more opportunities you have. 

As I understand, you’re up for a spot as an assistant coach at the Olympics?  Yeah, USA wrestling and Nick Jones will make the decision who they want in there. That’s on them. My biggest priority is to get our guys on the team and then try to help who I can help here, regardless of the situation. It’s more about the four or five guys that we have here that could make it for me. If they choose me, it’ll be an honor. If not, I’ll just be doing what I can to get my guys there.