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FCAW Board Member
Executive Director, National Wrestling Hall of Fame
NCAA Champion; USA World Silver Medalist
"It's my belief," says Lee Roy, "that without God man neither knows which way to go, nor even understands who he is." This belief, along with his background in and passion for the sport of wrestling, is what has led to Lee Roy's involvement in the ministry of FCAW.
Smith wrestled at Oklahoma State University from 1977-80, compiling a 114-13-4 overall record. A four-time conference champion, Smith won the NCAA championship at 142 pounds in 1980. He helped the Cowboys to a team conference championship in 1978 and to this day remains ranked among the top 50 Oklahoma State wrestlers of all time in terms of winning percentage (88.55%).
On the international stage, Smith brought a silver medal home from the 1983 World Championships. From 1992-2001, Smith served as head wrestling coach at Arizona State, where he was recognized four times as the Pac-10 Coach of the Year during his time with the Sun Devils. He also served as National Freestyle Coach for USA Wrestling from 1989-1992; coached in Martigny, Switzerland; and coached at Oklahoma State.
As a trio, the Smith brothers are a household name in the sport of wrestling. Together they won seven NCAA individual championships and 14 All American honors -- Lee Roy being the initial spark of the Smith family wrestling dynasty. Younger brothers John (1997) and Pat (2000) are also icons in the sport.
Lee Roy resides in Stillwater, Oklahoma, with his wife Lisa and two daughters LeAnne and Shannon. Lee Roy serves as Executive Director of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum in Stillwater.
LEE ROY SMITH