CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Former NCAA champion and current U.S. National Team member Keith Gavin has been hired as an assistant coach for the Virginia wrestling program, as announced Wednesday by UVa head coach Steve Garland.
"We are thrilled to welcome Keith Gavin as an assistant coach," Garland said. "Not only was Keith an NCAA champion, and thus has a very high level of wrestling knowledge himself, he also has been mentored by some of the best coaches in the nation. He has traveled the world learning and wrestling, and I am excited to have our kids now learning from him."
A two-time All-American while wrestling at the University of Pittsburgh, Gavin has extensive international experience and currently is a member of the U.S. National Freestyle Wrestling Team, where he is ranked No. 1 nationally at 86 kilograms (185 pounds).
"I am very grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Virginia wrestling program," Gavin said. "Coach Garland and his staff have done a great job building this program, and I look forward to doing everything I can to contribute to future success at UVa."
Gavin wrestled from 2003-08 at Pittsburgh, earning All-America honors in 2007 and 2008. He was the NCAA champion at 174 pounds during an undefeated campaign in 2008 (27-0 record) and was the national runner-up in 2007. He finished his career with a 120-37 record. Gavin is a member of the Eastern Wrestling League Hall of Fame and was the EWL Wrestler of the Year in 2007 and 2008.
Gavin has wrestled internationally since graduating from Pitt in 2008 and has been part of the U.S. national team for each of the last five years. He placed third at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials and then won U.S. national championships in 2013 and 2014. He also competed for the United States at the 2013 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
Gavin was the runner-up at the 2010 and 2014 U.S. World Team Trials and placed third at the 2011 World Team Trials. He also was the runner-up at the 2011 Pan-American Championships.
Since February 2012, Gavin has trained at the Ohio Regional Training Center in Columbus, Ohio, while working toward the world championships and Olympics. He trained at the Lehigh Valley Athletic Club in Bethlehem, Pa., from 2009-12.
After earning a bachelor's degree in philosophy in 2008 from Pitt, Gavin remained at his alma mater from April 2008 to August 2009 as an assistant coach, working directly with the middle to upper weight classes.
Gavin and his wife, Carrie Foster Gavin, recently welcomed their first child, Nora.