Myron Roderick

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameMyron Willis•Roderick
Used nameMyron•Roderick
Born15 September 1934 in Anthony, Kansas (USA)
Died28 December 2011
Measurements166 cm / 62 kg
AffiliationsOklahoma State Cowboys, Stillwater (USA)
NOC United States


Myron Roderick was a legend in the Oklahoma State sports world, succeeding there as an athlete, coach, and athletic director. Roderick won three NCAA Championships for the Cowboys, winning at 137 pounds in 1954 and 130 pounds in 1955 and 1956. He then became OSU wrestling coach and led them to seven NCAA titles, the last in 1968, before retiring as coach in 1970, when only 35-years-old.

Roderick then became executive director of the National Wrestling Federation, which was a rival national governing body to the AAU. He was also executive director of the International Racquetball Association for three years, and excelled in that sport as well, winning age group national championships three times in singles and 10 times in doubles. In 1983, Roderick returned to Oklahoma State to become their athletic director, staying in that position until 1990. He then left to become executive director of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum. His racquetball background also allowed him to form Sports Unlimited, a national company which builds racquetball and gym courts.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1956 Summer Olympics Wrestling USA Myron Roderick
Featherweight, Freestyle, Men (Olympic) =4