Trials are April 21-22 in Iowa City, Iowa
Ross Thatcher returned to the Ohio State wrestling program prior to the start of the 2011-12 season after previously working with the team from 2005-08 as the volunteer strength and conditioning coach. Prior to his return to Columbus, Thatcher served as the volunteer assistant coach at Oklahoma, a position he began in 2009. Thatcher was part of the coaching staff that helped the Sooners finish fifth at the 2010 NCAA Championships.
A graduate of Bishop Ready High School, Thatcher began his coaching career at his alma mater, Penn State in 2000. An assistant coach for the Nittany Lions until 2003, Thatcher continued his coaching career at Ohio State. He was part of the Buckeye coaching staff that guided the Scarlet and Gray to its first of two runner-up finishes at the NCAA championships in 2008. During that season, the Buckeyes boasted three NCAA finalists - J Jaggers, Mike Pucillo, and J.D. Bergman - with Jaggers and Pucillo winning NCAA titles.
A three-time finalist and two-time Ohio state champion for Bishop Ready, Thatcher was a four-time letterwinner at Penn State. In 2000, he was named team captain and capped his career by garnering All-America honors. Following his career at PSU, Thatcher wrestled for the New York Athletic Club, where he was a two-time Sunkist International Open champion, champion at the New York Athletic Club International Open, Dave Schultz International Open champion and was named Northeast Regional Outstanding Wrestler and champion. Additionally, he was a Bronze medalist for the 2001 U.S. Pan-American team and was a member of the U.S. World University Games Freestyle and Greco Roman squads.
Thatcher graduated from Penn State in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in health and human development. Thatcher and his wife Jen have a daughter, Emma, and reside in Columbus.