Danny Felix enters his eighth season as a member of the West Virginia University wrestling staff in 2016-17 after joining the Mountaineers in 2005 as a volunteer assistant. Felix’s specialty is with the lighter weight classes.
Felix has been a great assett to the resurgence of the program under head coach Sammie Henson, helping produce six NCAA qualifiers and an All-American.
Felix was an integral part of Zeke Moisey’s NCAA campaign, first serving as the coach who recruited the future All-American out of high school. Felix was mat-side as Moisey upset four straight opponents – including a pin of No. 6 Thomas Gilman of Iowa in the semifinals – on his way to a runner-up finish at the 2015 NCAA Championships. Moisey was joined by Bubba Scheffel, Michael Morales and Jake A. Smith as the crew combined for WVU’s first top-25 finish at the tournament since 2005.
The Mountaineers progressed significantly during the 2014-15 season, topping a pair of ranked foes in No. 25 and No. 18 Pitt, earning a brief appearance in the NCAA top-25. Their win over the rival Panthers marked their first Backyard Brawl victory since 2007. In addition, the team posted its best-ever showing at the 2015 Big 12 Championship, with four Mountaineers making the finals. A.J. Vizcarrondo became the program’s first ever two-time Big 12 finalist with his runner-up finish, and was joined on the podium by four of his teammates as the squad registered a team-best 35 points.
In June of 2009, Felix worked his way on to one of the most prestigious teams – the U.S. World Team. He was one of seven freestyle wrestlers to earn a spot on the team, and Felix competed in Herning, Denmark, at the 2009 World Wrestling Championships.
In early 2008 in the professional ranks, Felix garnered the bronze medal at the 2008 U.S. Open. A year prior, he wrestled in the 121-pound class at the NYAC Holiday International Wrestling Championships and finished as a silver medalist. That same year, he was crowned the 2007 Sunkist International Champion.
Before coming to Morgantown, Felix spent a majority of his coaching career along the eastern coast of the United States. From 2003-05, he was the club wrestling coach at the University of Virginia.
Felix jumped into the coaching ranks in 1998 at the University of Oklahoma. There, he served as a club coach for two years.
Through his nine years of club wrestling, he has worked with kids as young as five years old to teenagers at the high school level. Felix, in charge of the freestyle programs, has taught everything from the step-by-step fundamentals to the more intricate wrestling moves. Most recently, Felix founded the Gold & Blue Elite Wrestling Club in the Greater Morgantown Area.
In 1995, Felix earned All-America status at Arizona State in the 118-pound weight class. To add to his stellar college career, he also was a three-time Pac-10 champion.
He earned his bachelor of fine arts degree from Arizona State in 1998.
Felix and, his wife, Cheri, have a son, Luca.