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Northern State announces addition of Lewis as assistant coach

Aberdeen, S.D. -- Northern State University head wrestling coach Rocky Burkett announced Friday the addition of J.R. Lewis as the next Wolves assistant coach. Lewis joins the NSU program after spending one season at the Coast Guard Academy.

J.R. Lewis
"We are excited to have J.R. join our staff," noted Burkett. "He has a great knowledge of the sport of wrestling and has been a part of successful programs. J.R. will be a big asset in helping our program continue moving forward."

"I'm extremely excited to be a part of the NSU wrestling team," explained Lewis. "I'm very thankful for the opportunity that Director of Athletics, Josh Moon, and Coach Burkett have given me and I look forward to this coming season. Go Wolves!"

With the Bears, Lewis coached three regional place winners, as well as the Pilgrim League Wrestler of the Year. He also help lead CGA to their second consecutive winning season for the first time if 15 years.

Lewis began his career at his alma mater, the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. He spent two seasons as the graduate assistant coach for the Eagles, where he trained five All-Americans and one national finalist.

Aside from the collegiate ranks, Lewis has help multiple club and camp coaching positions. He has worked with the Malecek Wrestling Camp, U.S. Naval Academy, Eagle Wrestling Club, and St. Charles Wrestling Club.

Collegiately, Lewis was a 3-time NWCA Academic All-American and 2-time UW-L Team Captain. He earned first team All-WIAC in his senior campaign, as well as numerous team awards over his four year career.

Lewis received both his bachelor of science in Political Science with a minor in Recreation Management, and his master of science in Physical Education-Teaching from Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Lewis began with the Wolves on August 22nd. He will also join NSU graduate assistant coach AJ Valles who joins the Wolves after assistant coaching stops at Sanger High School in Sanger, California and Foothill High School in Palo Cedro, California. He was also the head wrestling coach at Golden State MMA. Valles is a 3-time collegiate All-American and received his AA from Fresno City College and BA from Simpson University.

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