Mark Cody resigns as Oklahoma wrestling head coach

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Mark Cody resigned as Oklahoma’s head wrestling coach Thursday, saying he believed it was time for new leadership.

Cody led the Sooners to a 55-34 record over five seasons that included a 10th-place NCAA Tournament finish in 2014.

Cody came to Oklahoma after nine years as head coach at American University. He also was an assistant coach at Oklahoma State, Nebraska, Missouri and Bloomsburg.

Athletic director Joe Castiglione said Michael Lightner, who has served as an assistant coach for the last seven years, has been named interim head coach. Lightner was a four-time Big 12 champion and four-time All-American at Oklahoma, and won a national title in 2001.