Head Wrestling Coach Lanny Bryant
Lanny Bryant has spent a lifetime devoted to wrestling. He was a very successful high school and collegiate wrestler, an extraordinary high school coach and administrator, a college coach and the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Wrestling USA Magazine.
Lanny competed in junior high and high school at Colorado Springs, and later at the University of Northern Colorado. He strongly felt that the schoolboy wrestler and his coach were not receiving adequate information and recognition. While teaching biology and coaching in Worland, Wyoming, he joined with two other wrestling coaches with the same dream and Scholastic Wrestling News was born. He retired from teaching and coaching in 1987, and took a leap of faith and Wrestling USA Magazine became a full time job. The decision was a good one as the magazine has only gotten better. The magazine is now in its 50th year of publishing. Lanny is careful to keep his information outlets focused on the positive aspects of amateur wrestling, with an emphasis on scholastic wrestling.
He also contributed to the sport of wrestling by serving as Coach of the Montana and Wyoming High School Cultural Exchange Teams, the National Coach of the USA Junior World Team, the USA Junior Teams to Russia and Poland, and Team Leader for the USA World-Schoolboy Team in Stockholm, Sweden, and Mexico City. He has become a fixture at the NCAA tournaments, USA Wrestling Championships and other regional and national competitions through the United States.
In 2009 Lanny made the decision to return to high school wrestling and took the head wrestling coach position at Big Sky High School in Missoula, Montana and is still coaching today.
AAU Wresting Hall of Fame 2007
National Wrestling Hall of Fame’s Order of Merit member for the class of 2003
National Wrestling Coaches Association Wrestling Coach of the Year
Montana Coaches Association Coach of the Year
National Media Association Publication of the Year
Team won 307, lost 97 in dual meets in twenty five years
35 Individual State Champions, 111 State Placers
State High School Championships in Wyoming and Montana
Coached nine High School Teams to unbeaten dual meet seasons
Coached Montana State first Big Sky Conference Outstanding Wrestler
Coached one NCAA Division I All-American
Coached three NAIA All-American
2009-2014 Big Sky High School, Missoula, MT - Head Wrestling Coach
1984-1987 Montana State University, Bozeman, MT - Assistant Athletic Director/Head Wrestling Coach
1972-1984 Hellgate High School, Missoula, MT - Biological Science/Head Wrestling Coach
1970-1972 Western Washington State College, Bellingham, WA - Physical Education/Head Wrestling Coach
1962-1970 Worland School District, Worland, WY - Biological Science/Head Wrestling Coach