By Limestone Sports Information
GAFFNEY, S.C. – Limestone College and head coach Kelly Revells have announced that Karl Reed has been named an assistant wrestling coach, effective immediately.
Reed comes to Limestone after spending last season as an assistant coach at Darton State College and serving as a graduate assistant at UNC Pembroke the season prior. Before that, he was an accomplished student-athlete for Coach Revells at Newberry College.
“I’m excited that we were able to hire Coach Reed,” said Revells. “He brings a wealth of passion for not only wrestling, but also coaching. We have similar visions in terms of coaching and where we want the wrestling program to go. He will be a great fit at Limestone.”
During his tenure at Darton State, Reed coached eight National Junior College Athletic Association national qualifiers and three All-Americans. He helped lead the Cavaliers to the first Eastern District II Title in program history during the 2013-14 season.
He also monitored the academic progress, scouted potential student-athletes for DSC, oversaw the travel schedule and fundraising initiatives and started and maintained a youth program.
Before making his way to Darton State, Reed began his coaching career at UNC Pembroke as a graduate assistant during the 2012-13 season. While with the Braves, he coached multiple NCAA Division II national qualifiers and two All-Americans.
Reed wrestled for NCAA Division II member Newberry College in the 197-pound weight class. As a member of the Wolves, Reed helped lead the team to five straight Super Region 1 team titles and five consecutive national top-8 rankings.
He was named team captain during his senior campaign in 2012 and was ranked eighth in the Division II preseason poll the same year. His 2011 season would prove to be the highlight of his collegiate career as he earned a national qualification after finishing runner-up in Super Region 1.
“I want to thank Coach Revells and the athletic department for giving me this great opportunity to join the Saints coaching staff,” Reed noted. “I believe that Coach Revells and I will build men of character and integrity both on and off the wrestling mat as we strive to bring championships home to Limestone College.”
Reed earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education/Teacher Education with minors in History and Coaching from Newberry. He graduated the National Wrestling Coaches Association Leadership Academy in 2013 and holds a North Carolina Professional Teaching Certification in Physical Education.