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BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech Director of Athletics Jim Weaver announced Friday the hiring of Kevin Dresser as the Hokies' new head wrestling coach. Dresser takes over for Tom Brands, who resigned last week to take the head coaching position at the University of Iowa after two seasons in Blacksburg.

"Kevin has been successful in every coaching opportunity he has occupied," Weaver said. "We know he will continue that tradition of success here at Virginia Tech.

Dresser is a familiar name in the New River Valley as he has been the head coach at Christiansburg High School for the past 10 seasons, winning the last five Group AA state titles and claiming second place three times. Prior to his stint in Christiansburg, he led Grundy High to eight titles in as many years.

"Obviously, we've got a challenge in front of us," Dresser said. "When I came to Grundy and Christiansburg, we had challenges and I think we met those challenges there. This is what gets me up in the mornings.

"My first step is to get to know my team and make sure their academics are in order. Then, we will make plans for the summer. Next week, we'll begin interviewing for staff positions and we have some excellent candidates interested in Virginia Tech wrestling."

A native of Humboldt, Iowa, Dresser was a two-time high school state champion at Humboldt High School. He graduated from the University of Iowa, where he won a national title in 1986 at 142 pounds. Dresser was a two-time All-American (placing fourth in 1985 at 142 pounds), as well as a two-time Big 10 champion. For his performance in 1986, he was given the Mike Howard Award, given to the most valuable wrestler for the Hawkeyes.

Dresser and his wife, Penny, have three children: Emma (7), Anna (6) and Jack (4). Penny Dresser is a native of Blacksburg and the family resides in Riner.
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