William Farrell is a former coach of the NYAC wrestling team, coach of the 1972 US Olympic freestyle wrestling team, former NYAC president and a 1989 Hall of Fame inductee.  

Farrell coached the NYAC wrestling team from 1960 through 1972. Under his guidance, the Club team won 11 AAU titles. At the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Farrell coached the US men’s freestyle wrestling team. At those Games, American freestyle wrestlers won six medals, three of which were gold.  

In 1982, Farrell was elected president of the NYAC.  

Farrell passed away on June 9th, 2012. In honor of his lifelong commitment and contributions to the sport of wrestling, the Bill Farrell International Wrestling Tournament was created after his passing.