COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. (CBS) – One of the most successful college wrestling coaches in the country is nearing a milestone.  Longtime Ursinus head man Bill Racich (above) is four wins shy of 450 for his collegiate coaching career.

He came to Ursinus in 1980 but says the Coach Racich of today is different from the Coach Racich who came on the scene as Ronald Reagan was ascending to president of the United States.

“As any young coach, most of the young coaches, myself included, were pretty much out of our minds — twenty-four-seven, 300 miles per hour,” he recalls.

“I’ve learned that the devil is in the details,” he told KYW Newsradio this morning.  “To take a step back every now and then, keep things in balance, and just work individually with every student athlete on my team to make them better.”

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And Racich talked about what in the sport of wrestling keeps him coming back.

“It’s all about the competition,” he said.  “The competition and the camaraderie.  The relationships you develop with other coaches, the relationships you develop with your own student athletes.  By the same token, we’re competing — it’s about the win, it’s about preparing my young men to beat the other team.”

Racich’s career coaching record is a phenomenal 446-110-7.   He is a member of the Ursinus Hall of Fame.  His grapplers visit Muhlenberg on Wednesday night.

Reported by Matt Leon, KYW Newsradio 1060.

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