Iowa State offers Virginia Tech’s Kevin Dresser to be next wrestling coach


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Virginia Tech head coach Kevin Dresser gets emotional as the meet turns in Iowa State’s favor on Jan. 18, 2015. Dresser has accepted an offer to become Iowa State’s next head coach, a source told the Daily. 

Ben Visser

Iowa State has offered Virginia Tech wrestling coach Kevin Dresser to be its next head coach, a source close to the Iowa State wrestling program told the Daily.

Current Iowa State coach Kevin Jackson announced on Jan. 31 that he will be stepping down at the end of the season. At his press conference following the announcement he said he expected Iowa State to move quickly in its next coaching hire.

Dresser, 54, has been the Virginia Tech coach since 2006. He’s a Humboldt, Iowa, native and two-time Iowa state champion.

He wrestled under Dan Gable at the University of Iowa, where he was the 1986 142-pound National Champion.

From 1988-2006, Dresser was a high school coach. Virginia Tech was his first collegiate job.

Dresser turned the Hokies program around in fast order. After going 6-12 in his first season and 7-9 in his second, Dresser compiled a 20-2 record in 2008-09.

In total, Dresser has coached Virginia Tech to six 15-win seasons.

Last season he guided the Hokies to a fourth place finish at the NCAA National Championships. He sent eight wrestlers to the championships and six went on to be All-Americans.

The reason Jackson said he expected Iowa State to move fast in its next coaching hire was to keep the Cyclones’ current recruiting class together.

Dresser has shown he can recruit at Virginia Tech, hauling in the No. 2 recruiting class in 2013, according to InterMat.