South Carolina native Kelly Revells is making a career move, without leaving his home state. Revells, head assistant wrestling coach at Newberry College to for nearly a decade, has been named the head coach of the Limestone College wrestling program, the NCAA Division II school announced Wednesday.
Revells is only the third coach in the ten-year history of Saints wrestling. He replaces former University of Iowa letter-winning wrestler Trent Goodale, who had been Limestone wrestling’s head coach since 2009.
Revells had held his position on the Newberry wrestling coaching staff since August 2005. In addition, he served as head men's and women's cross country coach for the past two years.
While at Newberry, Revells coached 30 NCAA All-Americans, 12 Academic All-Americans, a 2009 NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships runner-up, and three individual national champions. In addition, the Saints could claim six straight top eight NCAA Championship finishes (2008-13), six consecutive Super Region 1 Championships (2008-13), a pair of individual national runners-up, four NWCA National Duals Runner-Up (2009-10, 2012, 2014). During Revells’ tenure, Newberry has garnered the 15th highest team GPA in NCAA Division II in 2014, which ranked as the highest team GPA in program history at 3.086.
Prior to joining the staff at Newberry, Revells was the assistant wrestling coach at Lassen Community College in Susanville, Calif. from January 2000 through May 2002. In that time he was directly responsible for all practices, preseason and postseason training activities as well as recruiting student-athletes from South Carolina.
Before launching his coaching career, Revells made a name for himself on the mat in the Palmetto State. As a member of the Summerville High School wrestling team, Revells was a two-time South Carolina state champion and a state runner-up.
"Hiring an individual like Kelly Revells, who has been successful at every level he's been at, is a tremendous addition to Limestone Athletics," said Limestone Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Mike Cerino. "He has a proven track record of success, both on the mat and in the classroom, and is abundantly familiar with recruiting the state of South Carolina. We are looking forward to him continuing to develop our program into one of national championship caliber."
Coach Revells responded by saying, "I'm excited to take over as head wrestling coach. I hope I can carry on and add to the winning tradition at Limestone College."
Located in Gafney, S.C., Limestone College describes itself as an accredited, independent, coeducational four-year liberal arts institution. The Saints wrestling program and other sports teams compete in NCAA Division II.