Danny Song
Danny Song
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 216-368-5166
Email: das274@case.edu

Danny Song was named the Head Coach of the Case Western Reserve University Wrestling program in July of 2015. Since taking the program's lead, Song has coached Spartan student-athletes to seven All-UAA first team honors, 18 dual meet victories, and has headed a University Athletic Association Coaching Staff of the Year.

During the 2019-20 season, the Spartans tallied six dual meet victories which is the most during the Coach Song era. Senior Andrew Hoover was named the All-UAA wrestler in the 149-pound weight class, making him the first Spartan to earn three All-UAA honors since former Spartan Desi Molina (1999-2001). In addition, senior Jacob Frisch was named the co-All-UAA wrestler in the 133-pound weight class. The Spartans capped off their 2019-20 campaign by having junior Brian Kent and first-year Mitchell Arch named as National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Division III Scholar All-Americans. The squad as a whole was recognized with the NWCA Scholar Team award with the nation's highest grade point average. With a team GPA of 3.871, this was the second time during the Coach Song era that the Spartans were ranked No. 1 in Division III (2017).

In 2018-19, the squad earned its highest finish at the 2019 University Athletic Association Championships since Song took over the program. The Spartans claimed a win over then 17th-ranked New York University, whicb was the team's first-ever win over a ranked opponent and first win over NYU since 2004. First-year Adam Kates was named the UAA Rookie of the Year, junior Andrew Hoover was named the All-UAA wrestler in the 149-pound weight class and the CWRU coaching staff was named the UAA Coaching Staff of the Year. Kates became the first CWRU wrestler since Brian McNamara in 2016 and the seventh Spartan overall to be selected as the conference Rookie of the Year, which was first awarded at the 2001 UAA Championships. Song and the CWRU coaching staff became the first Spartan coaching staff to earn the honor since 1996. The Spartans capped off their 2018-19 campaign by having juniors Isaac Collier and Alec Hoover named as National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Division III Scholar All-Americans. The squad as a whole was also recognized with the NWCA Scholar Team Award with the nation's 11th-best grade point average.

During the 2017-18 campaign, Song guided sophomore Andrew Hoover to his first All-UAA honor as he was named the All-UAA wrestler in the 141-pound weight class at the 2018 UAA Championships. CWRU capped of the season by having senior Nate Lewis, junior Gavin Dersh-Fisher and sophomores Alec Hoover and Andrew Hoover named as National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Division III Scholar All-Americans. The squad as a whole was also recognized with the NWCA Scholar Team Award with the nation's eighth-best grade point average.

In 2016-17, senior Matt Moy was named the All-UAA wrestler in the 125-pound weight class, becoming the fourth Spartan in the 125-pound weight class to earn the All-UAA honor, and the first since Josh Hall in 2014. The Spartans capped off their 2016-17 campaign by receiving the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Division III Scholar Team Award with the nation's highest grade point average. With a team GPA of 3.48, this was the first time since 2007 that the Spartans were ranked No. 1 in Division III.

During Song's first season with the program, he coached first-year Brian McNamara to wins in both of his heavyweight matches at the 2016 UAA Championships to earn the All-UAA honor. McNamara became the 12th Spartan heavyweight to earn the honor, and the first since Dale English in 2013.  McNamara would go on to be named the 2016 UAA Rookie of the Year, becoming the first CWRU wrestler since Josh Hall in 2013 and the sixth Spartan overall to be selected as the conference Rookie of the Year.

Song, who became the fourth head coach of the CWRU program since the Federation of Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve University in 1967, came to Cleveland following a two-year stint as an assistant coach with the United States Naval Academy.  During his time on the staff, Song helped coach the Midshipmen to an 8-6 record, while also serving as team’s recruiting co-coordinator, bringing in a unanimous top-15 NCAA Division I class in 2015.  While at Navy, Song worked under current USA Wrestling Olympic Head Coach Bruce Burnett.

Prior to his time at Navy, Song served as an assistant coach at Bloomsburg University for the 2012-13 season, helping the team to a 17-3 record and qualifying six wrestlers for the NCAA Championships, before assuming the role of interim head coach in the spring of 2013.  He began his coaching career at his alma mater, the University of Iowa, working as the team’s assistant coach and strength coordinator from 2009-12, aiding the squad to three top-three finishes at the NCAA Tournament, including the Team Championship in 2010.

Song, a Hauppauge, New York native, graduated from Iowa in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He and his wife Erin have two sons, Chris and JP.

Song Highlights

  • 2019 UAA Coaching Staff of the Year
  • 2 UAA Rookie of the Year honorees
  • 7 First Team All-UAA honorees
  • 8 NWCA Division III Scholar All-Americans
  • Ranked No. 1 in Division III in Team GPA by NWCA (2017 and 2020)
  • Founder of the Ohio Intercollegiate Open, THE premier NCAA open tournament in the region
  • Founder of the Spartan Leadership Academy and The Program
  • Former Director of the Beat the Streets Cleveland
  • Director of Men's and Women's Wrestling for USA-Ohio