New Iowa State head coach Kevin Dresser has been named the ACC’s Co-Coach of the year, sharing the honor with former assistant coach Tony Robie. The Hokies captured the 2017 ACC title and were led by Dresser for most of the year, before he took the Iowa State head job just prior to the conference championships. Virginia Tech then promoted Robie to interim head coach to finish the season.

Below is the ACC release on Dresser earning the conference honor.

March 28, 2017

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The ACC announced Tuesday that current Virginia Tech head coach Tony Robie and former head coach Kevin Dresser have been named ACC Co-Wrestling Coaches of the Year.

Robie led the Hokies to the team title at the ACC Championship and a sixth-place finish at the 2017 NCAA Championships in St. Louis as interim head coach – Tech’s fifth-straight top-10 finish at nationals. Robie served as Tech’s associate head coach for 11 seasons before being promoted to head coach on a full-time basis on March 21.

“I’m honored to receive and share this award with Kevin,” Robie said. “I feel that it is rather fitting considering the work we have done at Virginia Tech over the last 11 years. More than anything, it is a reflection of our entire program and the student-athletes that represent Virginia Tech wrestling. I am very proud of how we were able to stick together.”

Dresser guided the Hokies to an 18-1 overall record and a 5-0 mark in the ACC during the regular season. Two of those wins included a 20-14 victory over No. 8 NC State for the ACC regular-season title and a 22-15 win over No. 6 Nebraska in the NWCA National Duals Championship Series. The Hokies finished the regular season ranked fourth in the NWCA/USA Today Coaches Rankings. The Humboldt, Iowa native accepted the head coaching position at Iowa State on February 20.

Robie led Tech to its first conference tournament championship since 2014 and coached five All-Americans at the 2017 NCAA Championships. Since his arrival in Blacksburg in 2006-07 as Dresser’s top assistant, he has helped elevate the profile of the Tech wrestling program. Since that inaugural season on the Tech staff, the Hokies have won three ACC Dual Meet Championships, three ACC tournament championships and finish in the top 10 at the NCAA Championships five times. He’s also helped recruit and coach 17 ACC champions and 14 All-Americans.

Virginia senior George DiCamillo received ACC Wrestler of the Year honors while fellow Cavalier Jack Mueller was named ACC Freshman of the Year.

By Ross Bartachek (@rossbchek)

Lead Editor of IA Wrestle