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NC State All-American Darrius Little joins Gardner-Webb coaching staff

Darrius Little joins Gardner-Webb wrestling coaching staff
Darrius Little joins Gardner-Webb wrestling coaching staff
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Darrius Little, NCAA All-American wrestler at North Carolina State, will be an assistant coach at Gardner-Webb University, the Boiling Springs, N.C. school announced Tuesday.

The former Wolfpack mat star will be launching his coaching career by working with GWU head wrestling coach Daniel Elliott, as well as Kyle Blevins, who was recently promoted to an assistant coaching position after serving two seasons as a graduate assistant.

As an NC State wrestler, Little was a three-time NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships qualifier, earning All-American honors by finishing eighth in the 141-pound bracket at the 2012 NCAAs. In addition, Little was a three-time ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) championships finalist as a freshman, junior and senior. He finished third at 133 pounds as a sophomore at the ACCs.

Little compiled 102 career wins while at the Raleigh-based school, ranking third in NC State history. His 37 wins as a senior rank second all-time for the Wolfpack.

Prior to college, Little completed an impressive career at Thomasville High School. As a senior, he compiled a 48-1 record, culminating with a North Carolina state wrestling title.

"I am extremely excited about the addition of Darrius to our staff," said coach Elliott. "Our lighter weights are going to greatly benefit from having Darrius in the room, and his enthusiasm, motivation, and work ethic will set an example for our team members.

"Darrius has a great story that will relate to our guys and I can't wait to start working with him."

Located 50 miles west of Charlotte in the Piedmont region of North Carolina, Gardner-Webb University is a private, Christian, Baptist-related four-year university. Current enrollment is over 4,300 students, according to the school's official website. All Runnin’ Bulldog sports programs, including wrestling, compete in NCAA Division I.