Former Lehigh wrestling coach Greg Strobel has passed away at 68. Coaching from 1995-2008, Strobel was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2012. (Courtesy of Lehigh Sports)

Greg Strobel, late former Lehigh wrestling coach, remembered at 68

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Greg Strobel, former head wrestling coach and a member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, passed away in his sleep on Oct. 7 at 68 years old, his family confirmed on Thursday. Lehigh Athletics published its sentiments today on his legacy to the Lehigh community. 

Strobel’s impact was significant: Serving as head coach from 1995 to 2008, his time at Lehigh included five straight EIWA Championships from 2002 to 2006. 

Lehigh Athletics said its community is saddened and shocked by the loss of such an optimistic and faithful leader. Beyond the ring, Strobel spent his time with family, fishing and woodworking. After beating cancer a few years ago and grappling with the loss of his wife, Donna, in January, Strobel’s strength and character throughout his life are remembered by the community. 

Strobel was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2012 after having posted a 189-83-1 dual record, winning six total EIWA titles. In his tenure, Strobel’s wrestlers amassed 28 individual EIWA championships and 30 All-America honors.

Strobel was named the National Wrestling Coaches Association National Coach of the Year in 2004. After retiring from coaching following the 2008 season, he served as an assistant director of athletics at Lehigh until 2019.

Current wrestling head coach Pat Santoro said in the Lehigh News article that Strobel was a friend and mentor to him. He sent his condolences to his family as they mourn his passing.

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  1. Bruce Haines ‘67 on

    Big loss for the Lehigh Wrestling community. Greg was an inspiration for many with his positive attitude & commitment to both his wrestlers & fans.

    Greg brought the Lehigh wrestling program back to its former glory. He was a key inspiration for the growth of its fan base as well thru his support of the mission of the Lehigh Wrestling Club.

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