by Jeff Cain – MMAWeekly.com
Josh Koscheck transformed from collegiate wrestling champion to professional mixed martial artist and UFC fighter through “The Ultimate Fighter” debut season on Spike TV.
Eleven seasons later, he returns to “The Ultimate Fighter,” coaching opposite UFC welterweight titleholder Georges St-Pierre, and feels he offers his future team a unique perspective coming from a coaching background and having participated on the reality show.
A former wrestling coach for Penn State and the University of Buffalo, Koscheck’s used to the coaching role and all it entails.
“I’m a disciplinary when it comes to training and being structured when it comes to accomplishing a goal, and that‘s one of the things that I will instill in these guys being a good coach and motivator,” Koscheck told MMAWeekly.com.
He also knows you’re only as good of a coach as your assistant coaches and staff.
“I’m definitely going to be bringing in some good coaches. I’m going to have an all-star team there of coaches and training partners and friends so that we’ll be able to get this thing rockin.”
The American Kickboxing Academy trained fighter wouldn’t say who will be on his TUF 12 coaching staff except that jiu-jitsu instructor Dave Camarillo will be involved.
“Dave will be involved at some point,” said Koscheck. “He’s obviously got his own business, his own thing going, so he can’t get into the show the whole time, but he’ll be able to come in, that’s for sure.”
Possibly the biggest asset the 32-year-old brings to TUF 12 is the experience of having been there and done that.
“These young fighters will be able to look at me and say, hey, I’ve come from ‘The Ultimate Fighter,’ where you’re at now to being the coach,” said Coach Koscheck. “Hopefully I can give them some inspiration and hopefully motivate them to fight their asses off and put on a good show for the UFC.”