A product of Oklahoma culture, Kenny Monday represents the authenticity of the American Wrestler. Monday’s ethos set him apart as a competitor and coach in the National Wrestling Community.
Monday set a standard of success in the state of Oklahoma. A National Champion at Oklahoma State University, Monday had 3 Olympic appearances, highlighted with a gold medal in 1988 and a World Gold Medal in 1989. In addition to Monday’s international success, he made elite wrestling history as he became the first African-American wrestling gold medalist.
Kenny Monday continues to impact the sport daily as a National Wrestling Hall of Fame member and head coach of UNC’s Tar Heel Wrestling Club. Monday’s ambition, desire, and passion for the sport and culture of wrestling reflect the founding elements of RUDIS. For Kenny Monday, Wrestling is A WAY OF LIFE.
National Wrestling Hall of Fame Distinguished Member (2001)
“The mindset I have when I go into a practice on the daily is that I want the athletes to know that I care. Not just about winning or losing, but just about them getting the most out of themselves.” – Kenny Monday
“The key to getting off bottom is attitude. If someone was holding my head underwater what would I do? I’m gonna survive. The mentality you have to have as a wrestler is like a bull trying to get that guy off your back.” – Kenny Monday
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