Kevin Dresser to announce decision on Iowa State wrestling coaching position


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

UPDATED: This story has been updated to show a joint statement from Virginia Tech and two reports that say the deal is not done between Iowa State and Kevin Dresser. It also was updated to add another source that confirmed to the Daily there is an agreement between the two parties. 

Virginia Tech released a joint statement with wrestling coach Kevin Dresser on Sunday about Dresser’s future.

“I’m scheduled to visit with Iowa State officials later this evening by phone,” Dresser said in the statement. “I am going to make a decision with my family later this evening and will announce it tomorrow afternoon.”

Sources close to the Iowa State wrestling program told the Daily that Dresser had already accepted the job.

Multiple reports on the Iowa State and Virginia Tech side, however, have said it is not a done deal.

Iowa State Athletic Director Jamie Pollard declined to comment Saturday night.

“Obviously the in-season timing of this situation is not ideal,” Virginia Tech athletic director Whit Babcock said. “We’ve been in conversations with Kevin for the past two weeks regarding his potential interest in the Iowa State opportunity and we believe he should remain at Tech.”

Iowa State has a rich history in wrestling, but in recent years, the program has found itself underperforming. It culminated when current coach Kevin Jackson resigned Jan. 31. Iowa State is currently 1-11.

Dresser, 54, was named the 2015-16 National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) coach of the year after guiding the Hokies to a fourth-place finish in the NCAA Championships.

That season, eight Virginia Tech wrestlers made the NCAAs, and six of them earned All-America honors.

Virginia Tech was the Humboldt, Iowa, native’s first collegiate coaching position. Dresser turned a middling program into a perennial power. He had six 15-win seasons and two 20-win seasons during his time at Virginia Tech.

While he didn’t coach any individual national champions, he had no problem churning out All-Americans. Devin Carter recorded the best individual finish by a Hokie under Dresser in 2013-14, when he finished runner-up at 141 pounds.

Dresser wrestled under Dan Gable at the University of Iowa, where he was the 1986 142-pound national champion.

Dresser has shown he can recruit, hauling in the No. 2 class in 2013, according to InterMat. He would have to show that prowess early at Iowa State to keep the Cyclones’ current class in check.

So far, three top-ranked recruits have asked for their release from Iowa State — Austin Gomez, Jake Allar and Ethan Smith.

Iowa State has 30 days to respond to them, so Dresser would have limited time to change their minds.