Bryan Stout, now in his seventh season working with the Panthers' wrestling program as a volunteer assistant coach, has helped mold the heavier weight classes into solid competitors. Stout was a four-time All-American at Clarion University, becoming the Golden Eagles' only four-time honoree.
While with the Panthers, Stout has offered his time to concentrate on technique and training with the upper weight classes for Head Coach Rande Stottlemyer. In 2005 and 2008, Stout helped coach Zach Sheaffer to EWL Championships with the Panthers. "I think he's done a good job with Zach in particular, in terms of trying to develop him," Stottlemyer said. "And obviously [Sheaffer] won EWLs three years ago as a freshman, so Bryan must be doing something right.
"Having him on the staff has given us a wealth of championship experience. He was a very strong and intelligent wrestler at Clarion and he has helped the wrestlers at Pittsburgh improve in trying to get to the same level. He is excellent in the wrestling room and an outstanding technician. Bryan also communicates extremely well with the wrestlers on this team and they have a great deal of respect for him."
Stout was named the Eastern Wrestling League's Freshman of the Year in 1993-94 at Clarion and went on to win two EWL titles during his career. He was also a three-time Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference finalist, winning two PSAC titles. A 190-pounder for his first three years for the Golden Eagles, Stout moved up to the heavyweight class in his senior season. Stout's wrestling achievements were recognized as he was a 2005 inductee into the EWL Wrestling Hall of Fame.
Before his time at Clarion, Stout was a three-time district and region champion at Southern Regional High School in Barnegat, N.J. He also became the school's first state champion in his senior year. In that incredible season, no opponent scored a single point on Stout and every one of his victories was by major decision, technical fall or pin.
After his graduation from Clarion in 1997, Stout worked at a medical marketing company in Philadelphia for two years while helping out with the University of Pennsylvania's wrestling program. Stout moved to Pittsburgh in 1999 and has worked with Bayer Corporation for the past ???? years. In 2002-03, he held a sales manager position at Bayer for a nationwide network of distributors. Now, he works in the sales and marketing department, focusing on national industrial paint accounts.
Stout and his wife currently reside in Mt. Lebanon with their three sons.