Kevin Dresser

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Kevin Dresser
Sport(s) Wrestling
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Iowa State
Conference Big 12
Record 0-0
Annual salary $300,000
Biographical details
Born (1962-11-09) November 9, 1962 (age 54)
Humboldt, IA
Alma mater Iowa
Playing career
1981-1986 Iowa
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1986-1988 Iowa (asst.)
1988-96 Grundy HS
1996-2006 Christiansburg HS
2006-2017 Virginia Tech
2017-Present Iowa State
Head coaching record
Overall 160-51
Accomplishments and honors
2012-13 ACC Tournament
2013-14 ACC Tournament
2014-15 ACC Dual Championship
2015-16 ACC Dual Championship
2016-17 ACC Dual Championship

Kevin Dresser is a collegiate wrestling coach, currently at Iowa State University and formerly at Virginia Tech (2006-2017). Dresser had also been a coach at Christiansburg HS, Grundy HS, and an assistant at the University of Iowa, after having wrestled for the Hawkeyes.

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) at Humboldt High School. Kevin had a high school record of 112-11-1, he holds his school's records for wins, takedowns and pins.[1] 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.[2]

Early Coaching Career[edit]

Dresser coached under Dan Gable at Iowa for several years after graduation.[2] He then accepted a position as head wrestling coach at Grundy High Sschool in Grundy, VA. Dresser led the Virginia powerhouse to eight Virginia state titles in eight years.[3] 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.[4]

Collegiate Coaching Career[edit]

Virginia Tech[edit]

Kevin Dresser took over as head coach for the Virginia Tech Hokies wrestling team in 2006, upon the departure of Tom Brands.[5]

Dresser went 160-51 in 11 seasons, building off of Brands' success. The team earned two ACC Tournament Championships (2012-13 and 2013-14) and three ACC Dual Championships (2014-15, 2015-16, and 2016-17), during his tenure.[6][7]

Kevin was named the 2016 NWCA Coach of the Year.[8]

Iowa State[edit]

Nearing the end of the 2016-17 season, Kevin Dresser accepted an offer to be the new head coach of wrestling at Iowa State University.[9] He signed a 7-year, $2.25 million contract.[10]


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