Kevin Dresser

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Kevin Dresser (born November 9, 1962) is the head wrestling coach at Virginia Tech (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)

Early life[edit]

Born in Fort Dodge and a native of Humboldt, Iowa, Dresser was a two-time high school wrestling state champion and four time place winner fifth (freshman) and sixth (sophomore) Humboldt High School. Kevin had a high school record of 112-11-1, he holds his school's records for wins, takedowns and pins. Kevin matriculated to the University of Iowa where he was an NCAA National Champion at 142 pounds in 1986. He was also a two-time NCAA All-American and two-time Big Ten Conference Champion. Kevin had a NCAA record of 34-2-1 with 16 falls. His coach at Iowa was wrestling legend Dan Gable. In 1986, he was given the Mike Howard Award as the most valuable wrestler for the Hawkeyes that season.

Early Coaching Career[edit]

Dresser coached under Dan Gable at Iowa for several years after graduation. He then accepted a position as head wrestling coach at Grundy High School in Grundy, Virginia. Dresser led the Virginia powerhouse to eight Virginia state titles in eight years. Dresser then moved to Christiansburg, Virginia to take over the wrestling program at Christiansburg High School. He successfully built the team from scratch and led them to 5 consecutive Virginia state team championships. During his tenure, Christiansburg High School was ranked as high as fourth in the nation.

Collegiate Coaching Career[edit]

Dresser took over as head coach for the Virginia Tech Hokies wrestling team in 2006, upon the departure of Tom Brands.

The Hokies wrestling team won the 2014 ACC Tournament championship.

In 2016, The Hokies Wrestling team won the 2016 ACC Dual Meet Championship and was Runner-up at the 2016 ACC Tournament.[1] The team finished a program best, fourth place at the 2016 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, which is also the highest team finish in ACC history. Kevin Dresser was named the 2016 NWCA Coach of the Year.[2]


  1. ^ Berman, Mark (March 6, 2016). "Virginia Tech finishes second at ACC wrestling championships". Retrieved March 20, 2016 – via 
  2. ^ "Virginia Tech Hokie Wrestling History" (PDF). Retrieved 2014.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

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