|Previous College:||Penn State '99|
Clint Musser is in his second season as an assistant coach for the American University wrestling team.
A two-time NCAA All-American at Penn State, Musser came to AU after spending the 2014-15 season as an assistant coach at Cleveland State. He also served as a volunteer assistant at Kent State from 2012-14.
“Clint brings a calculated experience to the program,” said Moore. “His Big Ten wrestling experience will be extremely valuable at American. He trained to beat the best, and he did, becoming an NCAA and Big Ten finalist.”
While at Penn State, Musser was an NCAA runner-up at 157 pounds as a senior in 1999. He was a three-time NCAA qualifier, placing in the top three at the Big Ten tournament in three straight seasons. He also earned Academic All-Big Ten honors and was selected to the National Wrestling Coaches Association All-Academic Team.
“Clint also has experience at Kent State and Cleveland State, programs similarly sized to AU,” said Moore. “He’s seen the recruiting challenges, and most importantly, he’s developed the young men under his direction to excel in their environment. Clint also values the commitment of an administration that wants to see wrestling succeed.
“His upbringing in Cleveland, which is a recruiting hotbed, will also help us identify more potential AU wrestlers.”
An Ohio native, Musser was a three-time state champion and four-time state finalist while attending Walsh Jesuit High School. He later served as an assistant coach at both Massillon Perry and Walsh Jesuit High Schools, helping guide nine wrestlers to individual state championships and four wrestlers to high school national titles. He also helped lead his teams to top five finishes at the state tournament in all seven of his seasons as an assistant coach.
Musser was a seven-time freestyle All-American throughout high school and college. He went on to have international success, qualifying for the University World Championships and winning a silver medal at the 2004 Pan Am Games.
He continued his athletic career, transitioning to mixed martial arts, winning a national amateur lightweight championship in 2010 before turning pro in 2011.
Musser is a 1999 graduate of Pennsylvania State University. He and his wife, Melissa, have two children.