Coach Mike Duroe made an impact on so many in the wrestling community in Iowa and across the country. As a tribute we compiled just a small portion of the people who offered their thoughts, prayers, and stories of how Duroe made a difference in their lives.
Mike Duroe was not only one of the greatest coaches I have ever been around he was an even better person. Coach Duroe has taught me many lesson that I can carry through life and share with others. You will never be forgotten and your legacy will live on for ever! We love you! pic.twitter.com/PhgS6PxJUI
— Anthony Ramos 🐏 (@T_Ram133) July 6, 2018
Cornell coach Mike Duroe has passed away after a battle with glioblastoma.
Mike made an impact every single place he went – all over this country and all over the world – through wrestling. His wrestlers and others who he crossed in the sport are better because of him.
— K.J. Pilcher (@kjpilcher) July 6, 2018
Thank you to Mike Duroe for his contributions to wrestling and for advancing the sport. Although he has passed in the physical form, his legacy remains an important piece of wrestling's rich history. pic.twitter.com/M4MkXb4V7W
— Dan Gable Museum (@wrestlingmuseum) July 6, 2018
Heavy heart this morning thinking that the world has lost Mike Duroe. During the few occasions I spent time with him he dropped loads of advice on me, mostly about the importance of family. Enjoy your incredible new home, Coach. 🙌🏽❤️
— Lauren Burroughs (@Lolo_Nicole) July 6, 2018
My last memory of Coach Duroe was walking with him into the U.S. Open this year. He looked like he was struggling and in pain, and yet he was there, risking his health and quite literally, his life, to support the sport and athletes he loved.
— Lauren Burroughs (@Lolo_Nicole) July 6, 2018
Pretty cool reading all of the tweets about how coach Duroe affected so many people’s lives. Speaks volumes about him as a man and how great the leaders in our sport are. Wrestling is a special sport. I’m thankful to have it in my life. Rest easy coach.
— Eric Casey (@ebcasey125) July 6, 2018
Coach Duroe was in my corner for my first two world titles and I remember hugging him after each win and how he helped me mentally prepare for every match. The time and effort he put into this sport, man wrestling was truly blessed with a man like Mike Duroe. Rest In Peace coach.
— Spencer Lee (@LeeSpencerlee36) July 6, 2018
Sad to hear about Mike Duroe passing. He was a great guy who always made time to catch up at every event we’d see each other at. I hope to make the same kind of impact on the sport that Coach Duroe has.
— Nick Mitchell (@NickMitchell_GV) July 6, 2018
Incredibly tough day for the wrestling community. Nothing can really prepare you for stuff like this. My heart goes out to the families and communities involved with the passings of Coach Duroe and Eli Stickley. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
— J Jaggers (@jjaggers2x) July 6, 2018
— InterMat (@InterMat) July 6, 2018
A man among men.
Coach Mike Duroe has passed away after battling Brain Cancer.
We'll miss you Coach.
— FloWrestling (@FloWrestling) July 6, 2018
Spent a lot of time with Coach Duroe at the World Cup this year. What an incredible guy. Rest easy coach 🙏🏻
— Logan Stieber (@_LogieBear_) July 6, 2018
Our prayers go out to Coach Mike Duroe and all his family and friends. May he now rest in the peace of our Lord. Amen.
— Wrestling Mindset (@WrestlingMindse) July 6, 2018
You couldn't cross paths with Duroe and have him not impact you. It has been mentioned frequently and upon his death, it is most apparent. I'm thankful for my time with Duroe and the lessons he has taught me. Love you Coach Duroe, Rest in peace.
— Ben Rosen (@binnybrush) July 6, 2018
— Jeff Ziegler (@jfziegler) July 6, 2018
I don’t have words to express my feelings on the loss of Mike Duroe💔. Let’s pray for his family’s strength in the Lord. I know Coach is Resting In Peace. Hallelujah
— Kevin Jackson (@CoachKJ__) July 6, 2018
Coach Duroe was the first guy to welcome me to the senior freestyle world in ‘11/‘12. One of the most genuine guys I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. I will always remember him as a coach, but more… https://t.co/xHew1pYRvS
— Kyle Dake (@kyledake444) July 6, 2018
Heaven gained a great ambassador for wrestling. It was a blessing to get to know Mike Duroe during my international career. Great guy who genuinely cared for athletes and would go above and beyond to make sure we were taken care of. My prayers go out to his family
— Angel Escobedo (@driven2dominate) July 6, 2018
RIP Coach Duroe. What a great coach and even better person.
— Linn-Mar Wrestling (@Linnmarwrestlin) July 6, 2018
Coach Duroe knew no coaching boundaries. He’d coach anybody, any age, any time. And you didn’t even have to ask. He’d simply jump in and coach if he saw the need: a model for the rest of us. https://t.co/5PIVNDc96W
— SEP Wrestling (@sepwrestling) July 6, 2018
— Rams Athletics (@CornellRams) July 6, 2018
Thoughts and prayers go out to Mike Duroe’s family with the news of his passing this morning. I had to sit down for a bit to recollect my memories and time i got to spend with Mike. Mike was a huge part of our wrestling family. He will be greatly missed! With love and respect RIP
— Kenny Monday (@kenny_monday) July 6, 2018
We join the wrestling world in remembering and expressing our condolences on the passing of coach Mike Duroe.
As a new program, we appreciate him and everything he did to advance the sport, giving us an opportunity to compete.
— Little Rock Wrestling (@LittleRockWRES) July 6, 2018
you forget what people say. but you never forget how they make you feel. with that being said; waking up to the news of Coach Duroe passing on deeply saddens me. a good man who will definitely be resting in peace.🙏🏼🙌🏽
— James Patrick Downey III (@iAmPatDowney) July 6, 2018
If you need a reason to keep fighting, Mike Duroe is the example. He made the people around him better, and he made wrestling better. Rest in peace to an incredible person.
— The Wrestling Nomad (@wrestlingnomad) July 6, 2018
You gave me a opportunity to coach with you 13 years ago. You have taught me many things,not all wrestling related but about life. You always took time to ask about my family, every athlete he coached was like his own child. I hope I can give back as much as you. Thanks Duroe!
— Andrew Knaack (@aknaack165) July 6, 2018
My condolences go out to Coach Duroe and his family.. It was a pleasure knowing you. God Speed🙏🏼
— Alex Dieringer (@ringing57) July 6, 2018
Sad news about the passing of coach Mike Duroe. A genuine guy and knowledgeable coach who cared for everyone he was around! And not to mention loved getting a workout in! Will surely miss his positive energy around the USA wrestling program.
— Nick Gwiazdowski (@NGWIZZZ) July 6, 2018
It turned into an inspirational, two-hour discussion on life itself.
— Mia O'Brien (@MiaOBrienCBS2) July 6, 2018
Prayers go out to the Duroe family! That man was a legend of the sport! #RIP
— Mikey B (@BlockhusMichael) July 6, 2018
Thinking about Coach Duroe and his family. Amazing wrestling mind and an even better person. He will be missed.
— Cody Caldwell🐰 (@caldwell_cody) July 6, 2018
Saddened to hear the news about Coach Mike Duroe. The small amount of time I was around him he always treated me with compassion and kindness. RIP coach, the wrestle by world lost a good soul today!
— Deron Winn (@DeronWinn) July 6, 2018
So sad to hear of the passing of a great coach and even better man Mike Duroe. He will be missed. Rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/nBr0VhwLuI
— Dave Malecek (@DaveMalecek) July 6, 2018
Life is precious and short especially in the grad scheme of things. Mike Duroe always helped and supported me and Wrestling in general. He will be missed but will live on in all of us through our actions. Enjoy everything bc you never know when your time will come.
— Jake Herbert (@Jakeherbert84) July 6, 2018
Coach Duroe always went out of his way to talk to me and my son. Always encouraging and coaching. When you step on the mat today make sure you say "Thanks Coach" and get after it!
— Brad Bridgewater (@Bwater3) July 6, 2018
Very saddened to hear of the passing of Mike Duroe. A great man and coach who will be definitely be missed. Thoughts and prayers to his family
— Pat Tocci (@ptoc134) July 6, 2018
Sad to hear the loss of Coach Duroe. Had the opportunity to coach with him a few years as part of the Iowa/USA Staff. I know he has inspired a lot of individuals in his lifetime!
— eric whitcome (@coachwhitcome) July 6, 2018
Mike Duroe was a great coach but an even better friend and mentor. Thank you for your countless contributions to wrestling in the state of Iowa and nationwide. Everyone privileged enough to get to know you is forever molded into a better person on and off the mat. #Duroestrong
— Aaron Costello 🤵🏻 (@AaronCostello5) July 6, 2018
We lost a great man today! Mike Duroe was a coach, mentor, and friend! Thanks for all da wrestling memories and thanks for being there when I needed advice! Prayers to his family and friends! #RIPCoach 🤙🏽❤️🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/OdDe5AX6sX
— Ubasa Wrestling (@UbasaTrained) July 6, 2018
The Iowa Conference is one of the most competitive wrestling conferences in the country. Regardless of the battles, Coach Duroe was one of the sweetest and most accepting coaches I ever worked with. Thank you for your gift of service to this incredible sport, Coach.
— Allix Williamson (@awilliamsonIA) July 6, 2018
RIP to a great person and Coach! Coach Duroe you will be missed! Prayers and thoughts for you and your family
— Nate Engel (@NateEngel) July 6, 2018
Mike Duroe meant so much to so many, words cannot begin to express his impact. I'm so grateful that I was able to have him in my life. Thoughts and prayers to his family. He will be missed. Thank you and rest in peace Coach D.
— Kerry McCoy (@kmac120) July 6, 2018
— Illini RTC (@IlliniRTC) July 6, 2018
The wrestling community lost a legend today.
We send our condolences to the friends and family of Mike Duroe, who passed away after battling brain cancer.
— Northwestern Wrestling (@NUWrestle) July 6, 2018
A great man that influenced countless lives. You will be missed by many Coach Duroe. Prayers for your family and Cornell Community. pic.twitter.com/JaZt0w02oY
— TJ Miller (@Mill_TJ) July 6, 2018
Ugh. Just heard news of Mike Duroe’s passing. I am proud to have known him and forever thankful for his mentoring & leadership. The Olympic Trials, the recent World Cup…they don’t come to Iowa without Mike Duroe’s counsel & support.
— JoshSchamberger (@JoshSchamberger) July 6, 2018
Coach Duroe was a great man and coach, our thoughts and prayers are with him family.
— Pat Santoro (@patsantoro1) July 6, 2018
It was a blessing to know Mike Duroe. What a great ambassador for wrestling. May we all follow his example.
— Sam Hazewinkel (@SamTheHaze) July 6, 2018
I remember in high school I went down to a HWC practice and wrestled with Coach Duroe and he tossed me right on my head. It was amazing. R.I.P. to a great coach and person. You will be missed by many!
— Eric DeVos (@shrEDded_chedda) July 6, 2018
Super sad to hear Mike Duroe passing. The guy loved wrestling and did everything he could to promote it and be around it in anyway and fashion. Rest In Peace Mike. Prayers to his family.
— Dustin Coufal (@DCelite) July 6, 2018
Rest in peace, Coach Duroe. It was a pleasure seeing his smile on top of the medal stand with the team at the World Cup this year.
— Bloodround Wrestling (@Bloodround) July 6, 2018
Very saddened by the passing of our dear friend —Mike Duroe. A great coach, leader, ambassador, and human being. You will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Duroe family and his many friends.
— Cliff Keen Wrestling (@CKAwrestling) July 6, 2018
I only had a few short conversations with Mike Duroe, and one of them was at the World Cup. We were in the Iowa wrestling room and he pointed to the team and said “they are what keep me going” Heartwarming moment. Wonderful man. RIP
— Taylor Miller (@taylormillerUSA) July 6, 2018
Thankful for the opportunity to get to know Coach Duroe through the recruiting process! Great guy and great coach! Rest easy Coach Duroe!
— Double B🦁 (@BlakeBauer149) July 6, 2018
Only had the chance to be around coach Duroe a few times he was a great guy and an awesome coach you will be missed. Rip
— Gavin Teasdale (@Teasdale_Gavin) July 6, 2018
I always loved having Coach Duroe as a mentor and in my corner on trips. The number of lives he has impacted over the years is unimaginable https://t.co/wiF3ecln0G
— Drew Headlee (@headlee103) July 6, 2018
Coach Duroe helped Tram Iowa a few years, got to know and learn from him. Was an honor. I’ll never forget one joke he cracked and the all the kids totally missed it, which made him chuckle. Thank you for everything you did, Coach.
— BRETT WHEELAN (@Coach___Wheels) July 6, 2018
I think of all the ball busting, gut wrenching, pain filled workouts that coach Duroe put me through and wish he was around to put me through 1 more #thankscoach
— Ryan Mulnix (@rmulnix149) July 6, 2018
REAL wrestling coach.
— Coach Mike (@coachmjr) July 6, 2018
The Iowa, Cornell, and USA wrestling communities lost a great one. Coach Duroe is one of the greatest to do it. RIP Coach.
— Lance Hinschberger (@L_Hinschberger) July 6, 2018
My heart goes out to the @CornellRams and @HWC_wrestling communities and families this morning. Coach Duroe was the epitome of toughness in a sport and life that demands it.
Wrestling in Iowa, America, and the world is better because of Mike Duroe.
— Mitch Fick (@MCFick) July 6, 2018