Four-time Olympic medalist Bruce Baumgartner retired from his long-time job at Edinboro University last Friday.
Baumgartner became an assistant wrestling coach at Edinboro in 1984 and won an Olympic Gold medal that year in Los Angeles. He won the Silver medal four years later in Seoul before winning Gold again in Barcelona in 1992. Baumgarner served as United States team captain and flag-bearer during the 1996 Olympics. He would be the bronze medalist that year.
In addition to his Olympic glory – his five international titles are the second-most all-time. Overall, he won 20 Gold medals in the sport of Freestyle Wrestling.
Baumgartner served in the Edinboro athletic department for over 30 years before assuming the role of Assistant Vice President for University Advancement two years ago. Baumgartner had also served seven years as the Fighting Scots head wrestling coach.