Former Northern Michigan University wrestling coach Mike Duroe dies at 63

MOUNT VERNON, Iowa — Former Northern Michigan University wrestling coach Mike Duroe died on July 6 at age 63 after a battle with brain cancer.

Duroe was the Wildcats’ head coach from 1980-85 and was an assistant coach from 1978-80. According to a USA wrestling release, Duroe tutored 27 All-Americans and three national champions at Northern.

After his time at NMU, Duroe coached the Wildcat Wrestling Club at Northwestern University and then was an assistant coach at University of Pennsylvania from 2001-03. He also has been the head coach at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, for the past 13 seasons.

Duroe served as USA Wrestling’s freestyle developmental coach from 1998 to 2000 and and freestyle resident coach at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in 2001. At one point, Duroe also managed USA Wrestling’s women’s programs and was the head women’s national coach.

He was presented the Lifetime Service to Wrestling Award by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Iowa Chapter for 38 years of commitment to the sport in January.