Daniel Cormier had a few minutes to talk about his new job – the one that made national headlines – before moving to Fox Sports 1 for UFC Tonight.
The light heavyweight champion and Fox television presenter has accepted Gilroy Highs offers to become his new wrestling coach and takes over the reins of the legendary program of Greg Varela, who resigned last month.
The cast is expected to become official at a district meeting Thursday night.
"It's one of the best high school programs across the country," said Cormier, who lives in Gilroy with his wife Salina and two children and coaches youth wrestling in San Jose. "Coach Varela did such a fantastic job of laying the groundwork for a great team, and when the opportunity arose, I just wanted to do something in the city."
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At the March section finals, the Mustangs won 10 of the 14 -weight division, scoring 373.5 team points with a record. A week later, Gilroy was second in the team ranking at the state finals and won two individual crowns.
Cormier, 39, made it clear that he will not do it alone.
"I have some great coaches that I come with my staff," said Cormier, who wrestled in Oklahoma State and twice Olympic champion. "Kyle Crutchmer was once the country's No. 1 and two-time All-American from Oklahoma State, with Shawn Bunch Olympic Champion, US Champion and two-time All-American from Edinboro." Deron Winn is a national champion and also a national team member.  "These are the types of guys who should train at a school as prestigious as Gilroy High School. We all look forward to working with these phenomenal athletes and giving them the opportunity to continue their college career. Ultimately, it's about being successful in high school so they can be paid for college. I think with this staff and with these kids we will be able to do that. "
Gilroy boss Marco Sanchez will also be helping as a volunteer. Like Cormier, Sanchez is a former Olympic wrestler.
" We have great people to help me compete for the UFC championship, "said Cormier.
Cormier will compete for a championship in the weight class on July 7 to take over heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic on UFC 226.
He said the fight and his other duties will not affect his new job .
"I will be around the program that is starting now" said Cormier. "They will meet with my strength coach to start training. You will start training and training in the off-season. It is very important to keep up.
"The Buchanans of the world and the Clovis North of the World, the Clovis's, are training them right now.They are free-styling.They lift up.They prepare for the high school season.I want make sure I give the children the best chance of succeeding next year, we'll do it all together, Gilroy Wrestling Community is the best in the area, I'm honored to be a part of it. "
Cormier plans His seasonal scholarship – which Sanchez said is south of $ 3,000 – is back to the program.
"Obviously I will not make any money at Gilroy High School," he said. "But because of the jobs I have, I'm financially secure, so I can give the kids time to help them."
Before returning to his TV job, Cormier wanted to name one more point.
"I want to thank my wife Salina for allowing me to do that," he said. "I have a full plate I am a commentator I am a trainer I have a wrestling program I am a fighter I am a TV presenter I have a lot on my plate She allows me to do that. I'm sincere, really grateful for letting me follow something that excites me. "