Daniel Cormier is ready to share his knowledge with the combat sports athletes of tomorrow.
The UFC light heavyweight champion was named head wrestling coach at Gilroy High School in North California on Tuesday. The school is in Santa Clara County, where Cormier lives and trains at American Kickboxing Academy.
Cormier got his start in wrestling as a youth and went on to represent the United States at the 2004 Olympic games and won a bronze medal at the World Championships in 2007 before making his MMA debut in 2009.
“This opportunity is huge for me,” Cormier told Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com. “Wrestling has been the foundation for everything I’ve done. I’m excited to coach a great team in Gilroy and excited to give back to the town that has accepted me and my family so openly.”
Cormier plans to give the entirety of his salary to his assistant coaches. He has said recently that he hopes to retire from MMA fighting at age 40.
The 39-year-old got a taste of coaching in the latest season of “The Ultimate Fighter” as he led his team against Stipe Miocic’s before the two meet in a champion versus champion fight in July. The first episode of Cormier’s run on TUF premieres Wednesday night.