RTC SOUTH STAFF
Sean Russell took the reigns as RTC South Head Coach in June of 2021 after a spectacular career collegiately and on the senior freestyle level. He brings a tremendous work ethic and a surplus of wrestling knowledge. His connections with the state of Georgia will also be extremely beneficial to Chattanooga’s regional training center.
Most recently, Sean competed at 57 kilograms (125.4 lbs) for the Gopher Wrestling Club. In March of 2021, Russell qualified for the 2020 Olympic Trials by winning the Last Chance Qualifier. His impressive run included wins over NCAA Champion Darian Cruz (6-4) and NCAA Runner-up Jack Mueller (5-4) before dominating 2-time All-American Zane Richards (12-4) in the finals. A week later, he finished 1-2 at the Trials with a win over Gopher teammate, Zach Sanders.
Collegiately, Russell wrestled for Edinboro University before transferring to the University of Minnesota for his final season. While competing for the Fighting Scots, he was a three-time EWL Champion, three-time NCAA Qualifier, and 2017 NCAA All-American at 125 lbs. For the Minnesota Golden Gophers, Russell compiled a 28-6 record with 18 bonus point victories and finished 3rd place at the 2019 Big Ten Championships. Russell finished his illustrious career with 125 wins to only 30 losses and qualified for the NCAA Championships four times.
The Georgia native attended Collins Hill High School where he won four GHSA state championships and compiled a 240-11 career record. In 2013, he was an NHSCA Junior National Championship and 3rd Team ASICS All-American.